Thursday 23rd September 2021
Live from 08:30 AM







Welcome to the Virtual Event

The Integrated Review, published this year, outlines the UK’s government’s vision to enhance the nation’s security, defence and global development over the coming decade. The official document states:

“£305m of continued investment in 2021-22 in the cross-government National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP), funding transformational cyber security projects to support departments, the private sector and wider society. This investment will enable the UK to stay at the forefront of global action to secure a safe digital future and successfully adopt new technology to drive resilience and economic growth”

This investment will mark an historic change in the growth of cyber security, a watershed moment that highlights the importance of data protection and how vulnerable our greatest resource has become. To what extent is your organisation’s data safe and how can you protect it?

There have been many column inches written about the devastating impact of cyber theft, reports ranging from FTSE 100 companies to HE institutions. Proving an incontrovertible truth that any part of our society can become a victim to the most convert of crimes.

Universal encryption is not yet within how reach – so what action can be taken now?

Salford Professional Development are proud to be holding our sixth annual Cyber Security Conference. Bringing together experts and industry professionals in what promises to be a highly informative and interactive virtual event

Join us and discover a wealth of information to assist with your organisation’s cyber security needs.

Highlights of the Cyber Security Conference include:


Learning Outcomes

  • Assessment of the UK’s current cyber security infrastructure
  • Examining current and emerging threats to data security and systems
  • Evaluating the human role in security systems with emphasis on social engineering
  • Establishing what constitutes a data breach and hacker profiles
  • Explore the hidden vulnerabilities such as third-party software
  • Gaining insights into the future of cyber protection with quantum computing
  • Hear case studies from a range of expert speakers
  • Better understanding of the cyber threats from the perspective of various sectors
  • Opportunity to have your questions answered in live panel Q&As
  • Network with key figures associated with cyber security

Cyber Security Conference Agenda

Please note timings/speakers/topics are subject to change

23rd September 2021


Conference Opens: exhibition and networking


Opening Keynote:

Developing the Cyber Resilience of North West Businesses

Discusses the training and toolkits currently available in ensuring digital protection. The Cyber Resilience Centre and CyberPRO Academy supports and helps to protect small businesses in the region against cybercrime. Providing funded and affordable testing and training services.

Beverley McGowan

CEG Chair, NW Cyber Resilience Centre & CEO CyberPRO Academy


Stopping Scams through Collaboration

Covid-19 is not the only pandemic that the UK faces: cyber-enabled scams are another invisible threat. Scammers operate across sectors, exploiting multiple legitimate platforms across financial services, telecommunications, and technology sectors. Stopping scams requires a cross-sector collaborative approach. Diana Foltean is Technical Collaboration Lead of Stop Scams UK, an industry-led initiative involving communications, financial services, and technology sectors seeking to stop scams at source. Prior to joining Stop Scams UK, Diana worked as a technology strategy consultant for Accenture’s clients in financial services, telco, and not-for-profits.

Diana Foltean

Technical Collaboration Lead of Stop Scams UK


Understanding Cyber Hygiene (Part 1)

Much like physical hygiene, cyber hygiene is regularly conducted to ward off natural deterioration and common threats. Stuart Aston has been with Microsoft since 1998 and is the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft in the UK. In this two part conversation, Stuart will help answer key questions on how you and your business can avoid becoming victims of cyber threats.

Stuart Aston

UK National Security Officer, Microsoft




They Know Where You Live: Staying safe online in a pandemic

Discusses how hybrid working has increased the variety of cyber threats, and what can be done to protect ourselves when working from home. Neil Sinclair has worked in UK counter-terrorism policing for over thirty years and has been involved in most of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest Terrorist Operations. A key member of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit for 10 years and is an accredited Financial Investigator. Formerly the Lead for Financial Intelligence at GCHQ, prior to joining the Police Digital Security Centre.

Neil Sinclair

National Cyber Lead, Police Digital Security Centre


Cyber Conundrum not only for CISOs, but CDOs & CIOs too

The session objective will be to seed thought leadership by sharing some techniques/questions to bring a balance to cybersecurity initiatives through the people/process lenses and some perspectives to influence C-suite colleagues for a joined up cyber transformation journey.

Balaji Anbil

Lead Data Architecture/Former CISO, Ministry of Justice UK




Understanding Cyber Hygiene (Part 2)

Much like physical hygiene, cyber hygiene is regularly conducted to ward off natural deterioration and common threats. Stuart Aston has been with Microsoft since 1998 and is the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft in the UK. In this two part conversation, Stuart will help answer key questions on how you and your business can avoid becoming victims of cyber threats.

Stuart Aston

UK National Security Officer, Microsoft


Closing Keynote: Where does Information Security risk sit on your risk register?

Join Mark Wantling, CIO of the University of Salford, to discuss the importance of asset visibility and how once mastered, it enables universities to quickly respond to the change in treat landscape (be that nation-states or ransomware) as well as provide a more stable and available IT environment.

Mark Wantling - Chief Information Officer

The University of Salford


Live Event Ends

The Auditorium Sessions & Resource Centre are available until October 23rd, 2021. Come back and watch the sessions you missed or download/share any of the materials.

Please note timings/speakers/topics are subject to change

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief Information Officers
  • Company Directors
  • Cyber Security Analysts
  • Cyber Security Managers
  • Heads of Cyber Security
  • Heads of Data Security
  • Heads of Digital Transformation
  • Heads of Information Governance
  • Information Security Managers
  • IT Infrastructure Managers
  • IT Security Advisers
  • Risk Assurance Consultants
  • Risk Managers
  • Systems Engineers

Frequently Asked Questions

vFairs can be accessed through all devices without installing any software. However, our webinars are powered through zoom. You will not need a zoom account to access the webinars, but your device must be Zoom compatible. Devices provided from your workplace may not be zoom compatible, and in this case we recommend use of a personal device.
To visit booths, and chat with exhibitors you can click the “Exhibition Hall” button and that will take you directly to the exhibit hall.
This event is designed specifically for professionals working within the Cyber Security field. If you are a supplier or sales representative and would like to enquire as to how to attend the event, please give us a call on 0161 295 3000
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a digital briefcase for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online digital briefcase in your account and then email them to yourself at the end of the event.
Yes, all of our content will be accessible for 30 days post event where you can listen to content on-demand.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event, if you haven’t received this please do check your junk mail.