Security Summit North will be held at Manchester Hall on Thursday 22nd October 2020. The agenda for the day is as follows:

Registration will begin at 09:00 and the day will close at 17:00. The full agenda will be announced shortly with talks from Scott Helme, Deeptrace and Greater Manchester Police. To keep up to date with new speaker announcements, talks and other news, follow the #SecuritySN on Twitter.

09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:40

Opening remarks from Katie Gallagher, managing director of the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester and Manchester Digital, the trade body for tech and digital businesses in Greater Manchester.

09:40 – 10:00

Carl Miller will be compering the conference, introducing speakers and managing the panel session. He will also be sharing insights from his successful novel and winner of the Transmission Prize 2019: Death of the Gods: the new global power grab and other thoughts from his work as Research Director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and his recent work with the BBC on possible systematic manipulation of wikipedia by the Chinese state.

10:00 – 10:45

Scott Helme

10:45 – 11:10

Coffee break & networking

11:10 – 11:55

The Insider Threat
Chelsea Jarvie, Cyber Security Consultant and former Head of Security and Risk Assessment at the Scottish Government.

In this talk, Chelsea will discuss security awareness in staff and how they are still the weakest link in your organisation. Security awareness in people is the most under-funded security measure. There is lots of investment in technologies but if staff give out their password, or click a malicious link, those expensive technologies don’t matter. 

11:55 – 1230

Where it hurts the most: security pain points
Harman Singh, co-founder, Defendza

No one likes to be in the headlines, cyber threats affecting businesses have diversified over the years. Our pick of the top lethal and latest attack vectors include how innocuously appearing attack vectors end up exposing organisations to the public. In an interactive session, Harman will share know-how on helping compromised businesses, and assured take-aways on cyber hygiene, securing your business with a practical approach that works (no product pitches, vendor inclinations involved).

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch & networking

13:30 – 14:05

Speaker to be announced

14:05 – 15:05

The Global and Regional Threat Landscape
Panel session with Regional Organised Crime Unit and partners

15:05 – 15:30

Coffee break & networking

15:30 – 16:05

The State of Deepfakes
Henry Ajder, Head of Communications and Analysis, Deeptrace

Henry’s talk will delve into the world of Deepfakes and how their impact on society and politics has grown and developed. 

16:05 – 16:40

Future of Data
Jude McCorry, Director, The Data Lab

This talk is ‘a day in the life of…’ view, in 20 years time. It will cover all of the ethical issues around data, data security, ownership of data, who will control the robots and much more. 

It will take a look at technologies that are being developed and how they will all integrate together and the impact that they’ll have on ethics and security. 

16:40 – 17:00

Round up from Carl Miller


Closing remarks


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