cyber security 2025

Scotland’s leading public sector cyber resilience conference

Date: Tuesday 25 February 2025
Venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow
Conference timings: 08:30 – 16:30

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Futurescot’s Cyber Security 2024 conference took place on Tuesday 27th February during CyberScotland Week, and featured for the first time the new Head of Cyber Division at the Scottish Government, Alan Gray.  Alan was joined at the conference by Julie M Johnson of America’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Britain’s own Jonathan Ellison OBE from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), who provided insights on cybersecurity best practice and developing national, regional and international partnerships.

The 2025 Cyber Security agenda is coming soon. Take a look at 2024’s stellar line up and register your interest in next year’s conference today.

Conference Learning Objectives:

  • Global thought leadership on protecting public bodies from cybercrime and network intrusion 
  • Learn the latest industry best practice with cyber-accredited industry bodies and solutions providers
  • Join detailed run-throughs of cyber protection methodologies in compelling leadership sessions and masterclasses 
  • Network with a national group of like-minded professionals working at the coalface of protecting critical digital infrastructure and frontline services 
  • Hear the latest innovations and new cyber approaches from academia, from security by design to zero trust and quantum computing
  • Understand how to respond to a live cyber incident – build capability and capacity to defend against global threat actors
  • Protect your distributed workforce: from education, skills and endpoint device security, building layered defences into your cyber resilience plans
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Cyber Security 2025 is fully accredited by The CPD Group, the largest accreditation body in the UK.

2024 Speakers

2025 speakers to be announced soon


Deputy Director
The National Cyber Resilience and Security Division, Scottish Government

Director for National Resilience and Future Technology
National Cyber Security Centre

Head of NI Cyber Security Centre
NI Cyber Security Centre

Head of Cyber Resilience
NI Civil Service

Director
The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales

Attaché
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Business Lead, Policing in a Digital World
Police Scotland

Head of Cyber Resilience Unit
The Scottish Government

Services Operations Director
BT

Professor of Applied Cryptography
Edinburgh Napier University

Head of Cyber
ScotlandIS

Innovation Lead for Digital Security
UK Research and Innovation

Head of Information & Cyber Security
NHS National Services Scotland

Business Development Manager
cyberQuarter, Abertay University

CEO
Cyber and Fraud Centre - Scotland

Head of Sector Development – Digital Economy and Financial Services
Skills Development Scotland

Cyber Incident, Vulnerability and Exercising Lead
The Scottish Government

Cyber Investigations and Digital Forensics, Specialist Crime Division
Police Scotland

Head of Information Assurance & Cyber Security
Leidos

Director
SWAN Framework at BT Business

Senior Manager, Cyber Service Strategy and Innovation
BT

Blockchain Programme Manager, School of Informatics
The University of Edinburgh

Field CTO Security (Cisco Netherlands)
Cisco International Ltd

Cyber Security Specialist
ITHealth

Head of Cyber Assurance
Waterstons

Senior Solutions Engineer
Immersive Labs

Sales Engineering Team Lead
Recorded Future

2024 Agenda

The 2025 agenda is coming soon

27 February 2024 | Session 1 (2024): Building a Cyber Resilient Scotland

8:30 AM – 8:55 AM

Registration & refreshments

8:55 AM – 9:00 AM

Chair’s opening remarks


Kim McAllister
Chair
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Government keynote: Strengthening Scotland’s cyber resilience


Alan Gray
The National Cyber Resilience and Security Division, Scottish Government
9:10 AM – 9:25 AM

Defending Scotland from online harms

Working to thwart cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crime


CS Conrad Trickett
Police Scotland
9:25 AM – 9:45 AM

America’s cyber & critical infrastructure defence agency

Working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborate to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future


Julie M. Johnson
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

From Concept to Reality: Establishing a SOC in Northern Ireland

Lessons learnt from across the water


Valerie Wilson
BT
10:00 AM – 10:10 AM

Questions from audience


Alan Gray
The National Cyber Resilience and Security Division, Scottish Government

CS Conrad Trickett
Police Scotland

Julie M. Johnson
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Valerie Wilson
BT
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Expert Panel: Cyber perspectives

Building strong regional partnerships and clusters of excellence to boost cyber resilience across Scotland and the UK


Jonathon Ellison OBE
National Cyber Security Centre

Jude McCorry
Cyber and Fraud Centre - Scotland

Lorraine McCaffrey
NI Cyber Security Centre

Jackie Wishart
NI Civil Service

Paul Peters
The Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Networking & refreshments

27 February 2024 | Session 2 (2024): Cyber Security Masterclasses

11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Understanding your organisation’s attack surface; you can’t protect what you can’t see

When it comes to securing critical public services, visibility of your organisation’s attack surface is key to eliminating blind spots and the risk from ever evolving threats. Join Cyber Security Specialist, Chris Booth, as he explores the challenges that come with identifying your attack surface and how organisations must strive for a holistic, up-to-the-minute and consolidated risk-based view of all assets (IT, IoT and OT) to secure vital citizen services.


Chris Booth
ITHealth
11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Securing our World with Intelligence

Join us for an illuminating session on "Securing Our World with Intelligence." Delve into the intricate nexus of IT security, threat intelligence, and geopolitical landscapes. Explore how actionable insights gleaned from these realms fortify our defenses and shape global security strategies. Uncover the pivotal role intelligence plays in safeguarding our digital and physical domains.


Matt Ford
Recorded Future
11:20 AM – 11:50 AM

Compliance ≠ security. How the European NIS-2 cyber security directive will increase security and resilience for organisations and our society

Unravel the complexities of the cybersecurity threat landscape that led to the NIS2 directive. Learn about its ramifications for both EU and non-EU states and grasp practical steps towards achieving compliance. Hear more about risk management, asset discovery and the care and reporting duty in NIS2.


Jan Heijdra
Cisco International Ltd
11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

Transition

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Ingredients to deliver a future proof cyber strategy

A conversation around the key factors (ingredients) that deliver a successful cyber strategy, some of the latest innovation and capabilities in the cyber space and what is currently possible and available here in Scotland. Hayden will also highlight the SWAN framework, and some of the benefits that partnership and this framework enables from a security perspective.


Kim McAllister (Chair)

Hayden Edwards
SWAN Framework at BT Business

Derek Arthur
BT
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

“Beat the Bot” GenAI Challenge

Dive into the dangers of AI, how it's impacting cybersecurity across the workforce, and what you need to know to build resilience against threats. In this interactive challenge you will test your skills against an AI to better understand prompt injection risks. No technical knowledge is required.


Gwyndaf Davies
Immersive Labs
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Avoiding an Udder Disaster

Join us to play Udder Disaster, a board game created by cyber experts to replicate real life business challenges in a fun and engaging way. Used as a training tool, it helps businesses, charities, schools and more, articulate the importance of balancing business objectives with good risk management, cyber security and a well-thought-out strategy for staff of all levels.


Craig Archdeacon
Waterstons
12:30 PM – 1:25 PM

Lunch and networking

27 February 2024 | Session 3 (2024): Leadership Streams on Threat Intelligence, Incident Response & Security Operations; Community & Outreach

1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Threat Intelligence, Incident Response & Security Operations

Working together to respond to the growing threat of cybercrime


Kim McAllister (Chair)

Keith McDevitt
The Scottish Government

DCI Norman Stevenson
Police Scotland

Scott Barnett
NHS National Services Scotland

Richard J. Jones
Leidos
1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Community & Outreach

The importance of partnerships, engagement and regional networks in improving cyber resilience for citizens and businesses


Clare El Azebbi (Chair)
The Scottish Government

Beverly Bowles
ScotlandIS

Cheryl Torano
cyberQuarter, Abertay University

Phil Ford
Skills Development Scotland
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Networking & refreshments

27 February 2024 | Session 4 (2024): Cyber Innovation

3:05 PM – 4:25 PM

Cyber Innovation

The future of cyber security: Exploring secure by design and the latest cutting-edge cyber technologies


Kim McAllister (Chair)

Nuala Kilmartin
UK Research and Innovation

Mojtaba Tefagh
The University of Edinburgh

Professor Bill Buchanan OBE
Edinburgh Napier University
4:25 PM

Conference close

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