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Programme Day 1

Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others. Crime Dot Com, his book on cybercrime for Reaktion Books, will be published on August 10, 2020. His exclusives reveal tech’s impact on our lives: the controversial police use of facial recognition; the failure of artificial intelligence therapy apps; hi-tech call centre scams that have cost victims their lives’ savings; fraud in the internet dating industry.

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As Head of the UK’s Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism for the last five years, Hurd was the most senior official in the UK government responsible for Homeland Security, leading cross-government work countering state threats, cyber crime and security, disinformation, money laundering, online harms, child sexual exploitation and terrorism. He also oversaw the domestic operations of the intelligence agencies, CT Police and the National Crime Agency and played a leading role internationally on domestic security issues, especially within the Five Eyes community.

Hurd believed that mastering data and technology was key to transforming the UK’s approach to Homeland Security. He initiated new relationships within government but also with industry, academia and Big Tech to make this a reality. He was instrumental in helping create the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism which has led social media companies to remove automatically tens of millions of terrorist content from the internet. Building on his expertise on breaking down barriers and building transparency between and within organisations, he created, on behalf of the UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor, a single approach to science and technology innovation across the UK’s national security community to help pull through technology faster to the front line and help the UK harness its cyber and science power on the world stage.

As a result of his experience in mastering data to achieve better outcomes, Hurd was asked in mid-2020 to set up from scratch, and at pace, the UK’s Joint Biosecurity Centre, a data-led organisation that brought data science and public health expertise together in one place to spot earlier and more accurately outbreaks of COVID-19 in the UK and then advise the UK government and local authorities how best to respond. Hurd also led the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s work to define and set COVID-19 national alert levels for the UK. Hurd has remained involved in health security helping ensure the security of the UK’s, vaccine supply chain.

Hurd is an expert in crisis management and recovery. He coordinated the UK response to terrorist attacks including breaking the momentum behind the attacks in 2017 in Manchester and London. He chaired, in 2018, the first COBRA meeting in response to the Russian chemical weapon attack in Salisbury and then led elements of the domestic response. As Chief of Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office from 2012-14, Hurd personally led briefings to the PM at COBRAs. He also compiled the PM’s daily intelligence brief.

Hurd studied Arabic at Oxford University and spent much of his career in postings in the Middle East and in senior leadership positions in government focused on conflict resolution in the region, in particular in Iraq and on Israeli-Palestinian issues.

Hurd has attended the National Security Council and was a member of the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee. He was appointed OBE by Her Majesty in 2011 and CB in 2020 for his services to national security.

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Programme Day 2

John Doody is the Author of “From Stripes to Stars” and Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance, Cyber Security and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry.

Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Cyber Security and Information Assurance. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has had a role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John’s recent major role was as the Global Strategic Cyber Security Adviser to Ultra Electronics Limited where he reported directly to the CEO on Cyber Security matters. He also provided Strategic Advice to FireEye and Safenet, two large US Cyber companies.

He is currently a Deloitte Associate.

John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.

He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Director for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL managing £1B of programmes.

John has also worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation. He has also served in various operational environments including Loan Service to the Trucial Oman Scouts in the Middle East.

John has chaired many international committees dealing with Cyber, Information Assurance, Communications and Interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Cyber/ Information Assurance Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber and Information Assurance. He is a renowned Evangelist for Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

He has held the position of an International Class Director for the Armed Forces
Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International (Fairfax Virginia
USA). He is a past President and Vice-President of the AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and
served as a Member at Large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He was also also the Cyber Security Lead for the BCS Security Community of Expertise.

John was awarded the CESG/GCHQ Directors Medal in 2003.

He was elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame in 2012.

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