This conference programme aims to give senior IT professionals access to new ideas, solutions and innovations to help take their departments and companies forward. The agenda is pitched at a high level and we endeavour to present new case studies and new thinkers on the programme each year.

Keynote and seminar sessions give a high-level view of the IT industry, offering predictions and insights to help delegates form their future IT strategies. The interactive workshops and discussion groups complement the larger sessions by drilling down into specific issues, allowing delegates to share their collective experiences and to learn how their peers are dealing with similar situations.

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Take part in the programme

If you would like to participate in the programme or recommend any speakers or topics please email Steve McCuaig or call us on +44 (0) 20 8487 2200
2014 Opening Keynote
2014 Opening Keynote
  • Keynote Address: Optimising human performance: learn how to operate by understanding your mind

    Prof Steve Peters, Consultant Psychiatrist working with Olympic teams & Author

    Do you sometimes regret your behaviours and wonder why you appear to sabotage your own plans by being emotional, irrational or impulsive?

    Do you face some situations with fear and fail to reach your potential? Can feelings of self-doubt, low confidence or destructive emotions consume everyday activities?

    Leading Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Steve Peters, knows more than anyone how our beliefs and behaviours can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives.

    In this keynote Steve will share his phenomenally successful mind management programme, which has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike, to optimise the functioning of their mind by understanding how it works.

    This knowledge, combined with simple to understand procedures, can easily be incorporated into your daily life: it will help you to manage your emotions, thoughts and impulses, enabling you to reach your full potential in all areas of your life.

    Dr Steve Peters is the consultant psychiatrist who supported Team GBs extraordinary success in cycling at the London 2012 Olympics. His hugely instructive mind management programme has helped elite sports people like Chris Hoy, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Victoria Pendleton perform at their optimum level. He has also worked with senior management for corporate industries undertaking individual and teamwork.

    Steve has been involved as a public speaker helping to educate people into the workings of the human mind, particularly emphasising emotional management leading, ultimately, to a better quality of life.


2014 Industry Sessions
2014 Industry Sessions
  • Cyber-security at the Olympics

    Gerry Pennell OBE, Director of IT, University of Manchester
    The London 2012 Olympics were the most connected Games ever and highly dependent on technology for their operation and, in particular, for the measurement and distribution of results. Cyber-security had been a particular concern during planning and design.

    Gerry Pennell, former CIO, describes the perceived threats, the technical and operational response - and what actually happened at the event taking us through the six major cyber-incidents during the Olympics and a significant data leakage issue experienced at the Paralympics
    Gerry’s career started in the development of mathematical models and real-time software for applications in anti-submarine warfare, gun and rocket artillery and for the Police. He moved on to Barclays Bank and PwC,  before taking the role of  Director of Technology for the 17th Commonwealth Games held in Manchester in 2002. This role required the establishment of the technology department, the selection of key suppliers and sponsors and direction of the delivery of the IT and telecommunications for the Games.

    After the Games, and prior to joining LOCOG, Gerry was CIO for the Cooperative Financial Services and the Cooperative Group – a £9.5bn turnover group of businesses covering banking, insurance, retail etc. As well as the re-engineering of the internet bank smile and other major implementations, Gerry led an extensive modernisation programme, including the out-sourcing and off-shoring of significant elements of IT.

    In November 2008, Gerry joined LOCOG as CIO responsible for the management and delivery of the very substantial technology programme required to stage the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Gerry was appointed a Member of the Olympic Order – the IOC's highest honour – in August 2012. Gerry was also honoured with the award of an OBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List 2013.

    Gerry has now taken up his appointment as Director of IT at the University of Manchester and is “looking forward to enabling the delivery of our ambitious 2020 Vision”

  • Flushing Away Preconceptions of Risk

    Thom Langford, Director, Global Security Office, Sapient

    Risk is often seen as a dirty word in business. It is a thing that needs to be reduced to nothing, and has no possible good use in an organization, especially a security programme.

    This couldn’t be more wrong! Risk is an inherent part of any business, and yet it is often poorly r...


    Social technology : the possibilities, implications and limitations

    Paul Armstrong, CEO, HERE/FORTH

    Attendees will receive a deep dive into emerging technologies that are happening now, next and just out of view.  Not only providing useful information, the session will provide key takeaways, frameworks and practical advice for going beyond simply survive what's coming in order to thrive...


  • Crisis Management Wargame

    Claire Snowden, Director, Regester Larkin

    Cyber risk is a commercial and reputation vulnerability that has opened up in recent years, and is set to stay. CEOs and executive teams are taking ownership of cyber security as a strategic business risk, recognizing the need to be better prepared to protect their organizations.

    This ...


    Cybersecurity regulation: what’s happening, when’s it coming and what can we learn from PCI DSS?

    John Elliott, Head of Payment System Security, Visa Europe

    Governments and regulators want to influence how you manage your information/cyber security. The EU network and Information Security Directive, Payment Systems Directive 2 and the forthcoming general Data Protection Regulation all make reference to technical standards.  The UK&rsq...


2014 Discussion Groups
2014 Discussion Groups
  • 2014 Discussion Groups

    Discussion groups to be peer-led in an intimate setting

    Internal users: the CISO`s largest threat. Unadulterated access to company data, malicious intent or not, is enough to make anyone concerned with information security sweat. A slip in managing processes, implementing policies or failing to driving changes in behaviours can result in crippling disaster.

    How  do we insure buy-in, compliance or  enthusiasm for change? Come share your concerns and tips in this interactive discussion.

    It’s the new (old) trend that everybody is talking about.

    The problem is, it means different things company to company, department to department and stakeholder to stakeholder. How do we manage expectations  and remain secure while an increasing number of departments try to explore the potential of  “Big Data”? Peers from different industries will discuss thoughts on how to best measure the value of data projects, and how to work with them, instead against them.

    It is a fact of life now – we have to deal with user’s mobiles, even though there is a great risk of security breach and company embarrassment. This discussion group will be centred around best practices of straddling the line of what’s best for the user and what’s best for the company.

    Informing Senior Management: Risks
    Press reports, regulatory fines and customer litigation have put companies in the spotlight in regards to how they handle and protect customer information.  How do we as Information Security / Information Risk professionals ensure that our senior management are getting a balanced view of the risk to the information that our companies have?    How do we enable senior management to make informed decisions based on the level of risk that company, customer and employee information is exposed to?

    The purpose of this round table discussion is to understand how we communicate to our senior management, share good practice and identify potential blockers.


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