September 29th, 2020








In the futuristic sounding year of 2020 in which we find ourselves in, data is worth more than oil. With data breaches rising year on year, how do we tackle cyber threats in the new decade and the current climate we have found ourselves in?

Salford Professional Development are proud to be holding our fifth annual Cyber Security Conference. Bringing together experts and industry professionals in what promises to be an engaging and informative day.

This event will focus primarily on the challenges faced since the pandemic and the ways in which cyber security has had to adapt to the increased changes. As an example, based on a recent study, attacks aimed at home workers with malicious emails, increased from an average of 12% to more than 60% in May 2020.

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

Highlights of the Cyber Security Conference include:


Please note timings/speakers/topics are subject to change

29th September 2020


Conference Opens: exhibition and networking


Opening Keynote: Cyber Response in an Uncertain World

With an already unprecedented year for us, all the future still seems uncertain, with an ongoing pandemic and key political events yet to come. This has led to a seismic uplift in the use of technology, which has in turn has been exploited by attackers who have used this to prey on people’s fears. I will be going into how attackers have used recent events for their gains and our industry fight back

Yochana Henderson MBE
Identity PM, Microsoft /Former Head of Digital Identity Management, UK Parliament



Transforming Cybersecurity Automation and AI across the Ecosystem

This session will explore how in response to the evolution in the threats and attacks, Automation and Artificial intelligence (AI) have become instrumental in becoming more resilient to the volume of attacks and enabling our teams to focus on the more critical attacks with new tools to investigate and automate remediation.

Joe Bertnick
CTO / CISO, Comtact Ltd.



Understanding your I.T. system and the benefits of ISO 27001 with a case study from NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services

Learn the principles and how to protect your IT hardware, software, and other resources and aligned with business goals.

Understand the benefits of ISO 27001 (information management security management systems certification).

Hear from NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services on their journey to a successful implementation.

Adam Colyer
Business Development Manager, BM TRADA

Phil Scott
IT Security Manager, NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services




Crime Dot Com: How Hacking Went Global – And What Lies Ahead

One of the many effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been to massively accelerate the already speedy global movement to online life. How did the cybercrime community response to the outbreak? And what does it tell us about the workings of this shadowy industry?

Geoff White
Technology Journalist & Author



Cyber Resilience & Business Adaptation

Discusses the new Cyber Expert Group and training programmes

Beverley McGowan
Chair of the Cyber Expert Group, Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester





Understanding the Future

Discusses the “brave new world” of the virtual office and changing digital needs

Peter Warren
Chairman, Cyber Security Research Institute



Tackling Cybercrime – What are the trends and impact?

We will discuss how cybercrime has evolved over the past 12 months. How can criminals change their tactics so quickly? How does law enforcement respond? Who’s being targeted? and how can they defend themselves?

Shelton will also discuss some current trends and the impact of COVID 19 on Cybercrime.  

Shelton Newsham
Cyber Protect Lead and Cyber Prevent Lead, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit





Public Sector Cyber Security

This session will look at how the procurement process is key to enabling cyber security and managing risks across the supply chain. The role of contracts and their effective management will be covered as well as a strategic look at how this can be done more effectively. Sal will explore some of the common challenges faced by both the public and private sector and how they can be tackled together.

Sal Uddin
Category Director, Software and Cyber Security, Crown Commercial Services



Rethinking InfoSec

Much of today’s information security spending and effort is focused on detecting and responding to incidents, but what if we could be more proactive, and influence the broader organization to be more secure by design thereby reducing the cost and complexity of reactive security while delivering better overall assurance?

Greg van der Gaast
Head of Information Security /Digital IT, University of Salford



Live Event Ends

The Auditorium Sessions & Resource Center are available until October 29th, 2020.
Come back and watch the sessions you missed or download/share any of the materials.

Who Should Attend


  • Cyber security Manager
  • Head of Cyber Security
  • Head of Information Governance
  • Information Security Manager
  • IT Infrastructure Manager
  • IT Security
  • Risk Assurance
  • Risk Management
  • RSystems Engineer

Headline Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.
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 field of emergency planning & business continuity. 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 295 300
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 swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself at the end of the event.
Yes, the majority 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.