Changing the conversation on cyber

Stop thinking cyber, start thinking business risk


The executive conversation about mitigation of business risk relating to digital information is one which is blurred by mixed messages. Ever tighter legislation and scaremongering is adding to the confusion. We’d like to change that right now, by giving our invitation only audience the opportunity to hear from a group of people at the top of their field. Hear about what they see as the current and future strategies that need to be considered. Learn how to adapt to the threats around Information Security without breaking your business.

The event is aimed at business leaders and senior executives from all sectors. It will be hosted by Stuart Lynn who for 16 years held senior executive roles with Sage Group.

Venue, date and time

Meet for breakfast and join the discussion.

8.00am – 11.00am
Thursday 14th June 2018 

River Terrace Room
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road
Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 3BA 
[get directions via Google Maps]


08.00 – Arrival and breakfast rolls
08.45 – Welcome intro - Stuart Lynn
09.00 – Alan Brown, Chair, North East Fraud Forum
09.30 – Mark Weir, Regional Director UK&I for Cyber Security, Cisco
10.00 – Comfort break
10.15 – Anthony Smith, IS Security Manager, Northumbrian Water
10.45 – Questions & panel discussion
11.00 – Close

Event Host

Stuart Lynn
Former Chief Product & Delivery Officer - Sage Group
Visiting Professor - University of Sunderland and Vice Chair - Dynamo North East


Alan Brown
Chairman, North East Fraud Forum

Alan is Chairman of the North East Fraud Forum and also chaired the National Network of Fraud Forums. He was previously the Deputy Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, retiring in 2000 after a police career of 33 years.  He was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 1996.

Mark Weir
Regional Director UK&I for Cyber Security, Cisco

Mark is a veteran of the information security world.  Hailing from the north east, he has recently joined Cisco where he hopes to use his years of executive conversation experience to broaden the thinking away from Cyber being largely about a technology problem.

Anthony Smith
IS Security Manager, Northumbrian Water Group

Anthony is a Cyber Security professional with 25 years experience starting in the RAF working on cryptography at Whitehall. For his final posting he was responsible for the team managing the secure comms infrastructure for NATO North West Europe. Anthony is currently the IS Security Manager at Northumbrian Water. He is the Chairman of the Water-UK IT Security Managers Group, a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).


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