Big Data in Cyber Security 2018 - Speakers

The Big Data in Cyber Security Conference (2018) has lined up a series of internationally acclaimed speakers from around the UK and the rest of the world.

Our conference will involve speakers that span 6 time zones, from New Brunswick (Canada) to Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) to Geneva (Switzerland)


Prof Madjid Merabti

Professor Madjid Merabti is Director of the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, a Professor of Networked Systems at Liverpool John Moores University, and director of the PROTECT Research Centre.
He is a graduate of Lancaster University, UK. He has over 20 years’ experience in conducting research and teaching in Distributed Multimedia Systems (Networks, Operating Systems, Computer Security).
Madjid has over 160 publications in these areas and he leads the Distributed Multimedia Systems Group which has a number of government and industry supported research projects in the areas of: Multimedia Networking, Human Digital Life Memories Systems, Games Technology, Mobile and Wireless Networks, Networked Appliances, Sensor Networks, Intrusion Detection, Computer Forensic, and Network Security Architectures.

Professor Merabti is involved with a number of industry collaborative projects in the areas of networking and security, with companies including Selex (Finmeccanica), Thales, SINTEF and many SMEs.

Professor Merabti has been supervising postgraduate research students for over 20 years, having successfully graduated over 26 PhD students in the areas of networking, security and critical infrastructures. Professor Merabti advises on higher education reform and developments in the UK and overseas.
He has been elected as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer 2011–2013 in networking and security, presenting a series of lectures in the UK, Brazil and the Middle East. He was invited to assist with the IEEE’s worldwide Public Visibility efforts in security and mobile devices.

Professor Merabti actively participates in the research community in the UK and abroad, including being an EPSRC Peer Review College member, an EPSRC Funding Panel Member for UK Communications Research, and an international reviewer for a number of research councils in countries such as France, the Netherlands, Qatar State, Switzerland and Canada. He was awarded a Peru-Honorary Professorship in 2005.

Harry McLaren
Managing Consultant at ECS with CISSP, C|EH & Splunk Consultant accreditations.
Delivering security based projects for ECS around the UK since graduating from Napier University in 2013. Harry McLaren has been utilising various types of ‘Big Data’ for several years and has become an expert in several of Splunk’s technologies for swift SIEM deployments and building out SOC capabilities and processes. A passionate cybersecurity professional with experience working within large enterprises across financial, luxury retail, energy and IT service based industries. Providing an organized approach to workload management with an emphasis on detail, combined with a robust methodology to incident response, investigation and remediation. Works diligently to achieve successful outcomes within set time constraints and develop maintainable processes and procedures. Awarded the 'Best New Cyber Talent' by the Scottish Government in 2016. Awarded the ‘Outstanding People Award’ by ECS in 2015 and 2017.
Prof Colin Williams
Director, SBL

As both a businessman and as an academic, Professor Williams is a leading figure in the international cyber security community with twenty years of experience in enterprise IT, Information Assurance and cyber security. As a director of SBL, he develops and leads the business development strategy of a wholly UK owned and controlled market leading provider of vendor independent cyber security solutions to central government, blue light services and the wider public sector.

Professor Williams was a member of the founding cohort of CLAS consultants. He has been involved in initiating and delivering some of the largest software volume licence public sector procurement projects in the world.

As an academic, he is developing a body of work around the human, intellectual, cultural, societal and historical context of computing which he is delivering across a series of lectures, seminars and papers.

Professor Williams consults and speaks on cyber, cyber security and strategic enterprise IT procurement in the UK and internationally. He is editor in chief of “CyberTalk” and new journal for the promotion and development of fresh and interdisciplinary thinking about cyber and the human relationships with computers.

Rosheen Awotar-Mauree
Programme Officer, Europe Region, International Telecommunication Union

Rosheen works as Programme Officer for the Europe Office where she coordinates projects, events and other developmental actions including Cybersecurity related ones.

She has experience in managing IT Security initiatives in the field of sensitization, audits, implementation of information security management systems (ISMS) based on ISO 27001/2 standards and in international cooperation to operationalize the national CIRTs and the national PKI.  She has also been involved in the elaboration of national ICT strategies. She has over 12 years of experience in the field of IT Security and IT Project Management.

Rosheen received her first degree in Computer Science with honours in Information Systems, in 1994 and her MBA in 1996, both from Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

Prof Bill Buchanan OBE

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy. His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox (; Symphonic Software (; and Cyan Forensics (


Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to the Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament, along with being part of the BBC Scottish Independence Team of Experts (speciality: Cyber Security). This includes appearances on Newsnight Scotland, Good Morning Scotland, Panorama, and Radio 5 Newsdrive. Bill was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In Feb 2016, he was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World".

Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015.

Adrian Smales
Research Fellow

Adrian will be the Co-Ordinator of the Lindsay Theatre part of the conference, and is responsible for Canadian connection: the part of the conference where we shall be streaming presentations from the Canadian Institute of Cybersecurity (CIC).

Experienced PhD Research Fellow with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and commercial industry. Skilled in Operations Management, People Management, IT Strategy, Management, and Project Portfolio Management. Strong healthcare services professional with an MBA focused in entrepreneurship from The University of Edinburgh.

Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor
Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier Univesity
Dr Moradpoor (PhD, MSc, BSc, CEH v.8, PGCert, MBCS) is a Lecturer in Cybersecurity and Networks and a member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security and The Cyber Academy at the Edinburgh Napier University. She holds a PhD in Computer Systems and Networking from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, Coleraine (2013), MSc in Computer Systems and Networking from the University of Greenwich, London (2009) and BSc in Computer Software Engineering (2004). Her general research interests include security, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, artificial intelligence, genetic algorithms, mobile phone forensics, network resource management and next generation networks, systems and services. She is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH.v8) and her current area of research is focused on the application of neural networks for detection and classification of cybersecurity attacks such as SQLi, phishing emails, malware, Deny of Service (DoS), Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), drive-by downloads, and Man-In-The-Middle (MIMT) attacks.
Eamonn Keanne
Police Scotland
Detective Inspector Eamonn Keane has worked with the Irish and Scottish Police for 31 years principally in the investigation of terrorism, serious crime, criminal investigation, public protection and community partnership policing. He has served and led on many high profile national cases and in all aspects of criminal enquiries particularly serious and sexual crime investigation, sex offender management and public protection.
David White
Director of Sales Engineering, EMEA, CARBON BLACK
David has been a security and risk professional for over 18 years, having previously held senior management positions at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Symantec and MessageLabs. David’s experience covers a number of different disciplines including Next Generation Antivirus (NGAV), Managed Security Services, Email Security and Financial Crime. Having held Director level roles in Engineering, Sales Engineering, Professional Services, Operations and Customer Support, David is well versed in the ever-evolving security landscape and the motivators and techniques of adversaries.
Efrene G. Sakilayan
Assistant Legal Attaché – FBI London
David Stubley
CEO 7Elements
Founder of 7 Elements, David brings over 15 years of experience within the technical security market, where he has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise through the delivery of security testing and in the provision of technical expertise to high profile incidents. He has performed key roles in security programmes, aligning a risk managed security approach and business risk appetites across multiple business functions in order to provide pragmatic security solutions for regulatory requirements. David has also devised bespoke risk assessment methodologies for a number of security projects, including technical and business risk assessments aimed at understanding the risk profile for a multinational organisation, and has developed a new thematic for resilient information security assurance.
Dr Jamie Graves
Director, ZONEFOX
Jamie is a data security and enterprise software entrepreneur. He has a PhD in Computer Science, and extensive security and digital forensics experience. Jamie co-founded ZoneFox and currently leads the team. ZoneFox is an award-winning spin out from Edinburgh Napier University which helps its customers by protecting their IP through endpoint tracking and user behaviour analytics.
Adam Brady
Senior Sales Engineer

Experienced professional in the security arena - working with a wide variety of technologies and methods to educate, support and promote the many aspects of IT security, and increase awareness within the targets of attack.

Experience includes:-

Demonstration, presentation and discussion of security concepts, implementations and solutions to customers, channel resellers and distribution - and internal stake-holders.

Technical support of the full-range of security software, cloud services, Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile platforms.

In-depth work with virtualisation platforms - VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V, VirtualBox; both in terms of design and implementation - and securing hosted virtual machines. 

Best-practice implementation of large-scale security software projects, including extensive account management and relationship-building.

Mark Baker

My focus is firstly on helping my clients achieve success within their business in a way they feel comfortable about. Secondly to be in a position where the rewards match the results. 

- New Business & Enterprise Development
- Pre-IPO regional growth and management
- Customer Success/Relations Management
- C-Level Executive Engagement

Andrew Shepherd
Senior Systems Engineer

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Federico Charosky
Managing Director, Quorum Cyber

Senior information and cyber security executive with more than 12 years’ expertise in industry and consulting. Specialised in Financial Services with experience in Europe, Middle East and Americas

Past roles include Vice President with group-level responsibilities for an International Bank in the Middle East, Head of Consulting and Company Director for a UK security firm and Senior Advisor for several FTSE100 companies.

Arash Habibi Lashkari
Research Manager of CIC, Assistant Professor at UNB

Dr. Arash Habibi Lashkari is an assistant professor of Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of New Brunswick. He has more than 21 years of academic and industry experience. Dr. Lashkari has been awarded 2 gold medals as well as 12 silver and bronze medals in international competitions around the world. In addition, he is the author of 10 books in English and Persian on topics including cryptography, network security, and mobile communication as well as over 80 journals and conference papers concerning various aspects of computer security. His current research focuses on cyber security, big security data analysis, Internet Traffic Analysis and the detection of malware and attacks.

Marzieh Jalal Abadi
Postdoctoral Research fellow, CIC

Marzieh Jalal Abadi is a postdoctoral research fellow in Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) at University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining CIC, she worked as researcher in at Data61|CSIRO and lecturer at University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Melbourne Institute of Technology in Sydney, Australia. She has a broad set of interests in machine learning, anomaly detection, Bayesian learning and analysis, iterative data fusion, and privacy in IoT. Her most recent research focuses on developing machine learning algorithms for human behaviour analysis and cybersecurity risk assessment for research and industrial organizations. Marzieh received her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from UNSW in Sydney, Australia. During her PhD, she was research associate in Data61|CSIRO and worked on datamining and modeling various sensory data from smartphones and vibration energy harvesting sensors. The data sets were experimental and included but not limited to time series, imbalanced data and heterogeneous data. Prior to her PhD, she completed her Master’s degree in Mobile and Personal Communication at King’s College, University of London and B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran.

Simon Edwards
Cyber Security Solution Architect at Trend Micro

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Mark Menzies
1st degree connection1st Check Point Security Engineer

Technical Consultant and Architect with experience in pre and post sales with network and security products with ability to develop and deliver professional services and technical training.



Check Point

CCNA, MCSA, Crossbeam X Series Specialist, CTT+

Specialties: Enterprise firewall and security management. Check Point and Juniper routing, switching and security products specialist. Security Solutions Architect.

Check Point : Multi Domain Security Manager , VSX, UTM-1, 2012 Appliances, Bluecoat X Series
Juniper : SSG/ISG/NS, Secure Access SSL VPN, NSM, UAC, IDP, J Series Routers, Junos SRX, MX, Junos Space, STRM

Dave Lewis
Akamai Technologies

Dave Lewis has two decades of industry experience. He has extensive experience in IT operations and management. Currently, Lewis is a Global Security Advocate for Akamai Technologies. He is the Founder of the security site Liquidmatrix Security Digest and Co-Host of the Liquidmatrix podcast. Lewis writes a column for Forbesand Huffington Post.

Lewis McLean
SecureWorks, Counter Threat Unit

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