Chairs Opening Address
Cybersecurity implementation

We know how harmful cyber attacks can be. The 2017 WannaCry attack that cost the NHS £92 million and caused widespread panic is a shining example. Only 3% of companies are using threat prevention with a layer of cloud and mobile security (Gen-V cybersecurity). The rest are leaving their organisations open to new cyberattacks. How can we convince Scottish companies to implement effective cybersecurity, and what steps can cybersecurity companies take to highlight and prevent changing forms of cyberattacks?

Is fake news a cyberattack on the nation?

Fake news and clickbait have been used by attackers to attract their next victims. But, has fake news become a new, more complex, long-term cyberattack on nations? Did Russian activists use a disinformation campaign to discredit the Scottish independence referendum result? If not, could they? And is this a cyberattack?

Mobile Device Management and the cloud

How are leading organisations giving their users ultimate agile flexibility through cloud-based mobile device management? We examine all the relevant associated issues such as device security, and the incorporation of both work-provided and user-owned mobile phones and tablets.


Simon Goodman, Head of IS Strategy, Group Business Services, Network Rail


Data centres: choosing the right solution for your organisation

The data centre market is undergoing a period of extensive change. As established names battle it out with a wide range of new market entrants, many believe the boundaries between wholesale and colocation solutions have become blurred. We look at the benefits that organisations can gain from this period of high competition, in addition to looking at the latest in data centre performance, efficiency and environmental innovations.

Industry Expert Presentation
Coffee and networking
Seminar stream 1
Lunch and networking
Seminar stream 2
Chair's afternoon address
Security skill gap

Employment issues were a problem long before Brexit and referendums cast doubt on the stability of Scotland and the UK. The skill gap in the industry, in both governmental and private organisations, is no secret. With the added pressure of Brexit impacting the freedom of movement of people between the UK and the European Union, Scotland will need to start creating fast, effective strategies to bring new bright minds into the industry.

Emerging cybersecurity technologies

We take a look at the ways new cyber technology can allow cyber defences to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals finally.

Panel with Q&A: Optimising supplier relationships

Relevant for both public and private sector professionals, we look extensively at the subject of working with cloud and virtualization suppliers. With a focus on achieving maximum value from suppliers at minimum risk, we highlight the key commercial, legal, technical and service-level considerations at every stage of the project life cycle. This session is followed by an extended Q&A in which delegates can put their questions to our panel of public and private sector procurement and project management experts.

Industry Expert Presentation
Coffee and networking
Technologies and trends in SaaS

Major advances have been made, with many new market offerings introduced over the last 12 months.

In this case study we look to show a best practice model on why it is necessary for SaaS to use load testing and web performance for your organisation.

Practical analytics panel: Driving up retail revenues

In our second practical analytics panel session, we hear from major online and high street retailers on their pioneering approaches to revenue-boosting through real-time analytics. Seamless integration of customer and market data has greatly improved the management decision-making process, in addition to facilitating new heights of relevant customer dialogue – putting the right promotions in front of the right customers at the right time. Includes a Q&A session with panel leaders

Scotland’s 2015 resilience strategy - a critique

In 2015, the Scottish government stated in their new approach towards building cyber resilience, that they wanted to see a Scotland where people at home and work can benefit from tremendous opportunities offered by digital technologies. At the same time, they wanted to decrease Scotland’s vulnerability to cybercriminals. How close is Scotland to reaching this goal and can their strategy be applied elsewhere?

Governments don’t understand cyberwarfare - Scotland needs hackers

Anonymous declared Gary McKinnon, a Scottish hacker, to be the most dangerous hacker of all time after breaking into 97 Pentagon and NASA computers through some of his work. Is it time for cybersecurity businesses and governments to fight fire with fire, hiring the likes of McKinnon to work for good? In companies that have done this, how has it changed their services?

Closing remarks from the Conference Chair
Prize Draw
Event Close