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Cyber Threat Summit 2019

London, United Kingdom | Mon, Nov 25 - Tue, Nov 26, 2019
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Call for Papers & Advisory Board


CyberThreat is an event where we strive to commune knowledge on the latest threats and vulnerabilities, sharing discoveries and igniting debate within the entire community. Do you think you have something worth sharing with your peers? Have you uncovered a new exploit or a cool way to thwart some of the latest hacks? Or perhaps you can share with the audience how you managed to solve a complex case using the latest, or perhaps a surprising, forensic methodology? Your story is worth sharing.

Our Call for Papers has now closed. We will be announcing the full CyberThreat 2019 schedule in the coming weeks.

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If you are selected to speak at the Summit by our advisory board, you will enjoy the following additional benefits:

  • Invitation to all social activities including our exclusive Speakers Dinner the evening before the Summit.
  • A mentor from one of our advisory board members to support with preparing for your talk
  • A complimentary seat at the CyberThreat 2019 Summit
  • A complimentary guest pass for the CyberThreat 2019 Summit
  • Exclusive giveaways for Speakers’ in registration bag

Advisory board

Our Advisory board spans a variety of disciplines and perspectives on security.

Paul Chichester - Operations Director NCSC

Paul Chichester

Paul Chichester has worked in the UK Government Intelligence and Security community for nearly 30 years. He’s had a wide range of roles during that time, many of them having a cyber flavour (even before the word or the topic because popular!) and has been involved in every major UK Government cyber investigation from MOONLIGHT MAZE in the late 90s to the present day. In 2005 Paul was awarded the MBE for his ground-breaking contribution to the field of cyber security.

Paul is currently the Director of Operations at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre where he is responsible for managing nationally significant cyber incidents (such as WannaCry) and ensuring UK Government understands and can counter a wide range of state and non-state threats.

Mike S - NCSC - Technical Director for Operations

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James Lyne - CTO SANS Institute

James Lyne

James Lyne is Global CTO at the SANS Institute. He is a self-professed 'massive geek' and has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. James has worked with many organisations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor. He is a certified instructor at the SANS Institute and is often a headline presenter at industry conferences.

James firmly believes that one of the biggest challenges we face is in making security accessible and interesting to those outside the industry. As a result, he takes every opportunity to educate on security threats and best practice - always featuring live demonstrations and scenarios of how cyber criminals operate in the real world.

James has given multiple TED talks, including at the main TED event. He's also appeared on a long list of national TV programmes to educate the public including CNN, NBC, BBC News, Bill Maher and John Oliver. As a spokesperson for the industry, he is passionate about talent development, regularly participating in initiatives to identify and develop new talent for the industry.

Steve Sims - SANS Fellow


Stephen Sims is an industry expert with over 15 years of experience in information technology and security. Stephen currently works out of San Francisco as a consultant performing reverse engineering, exploit development, threat modeling, and penetration testing. Stephen has a MS in information assurance from Norwich University and is a course author and a Faculty Fellow for the SANS Institute. He is the author of SANS' only 700-level course, SEC760: Advanced Exploit Development for Penetration Testers, which concentrates on complex heap overflows, patch diffing, and client-side exploits. Stephen is also the lead author on SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploits, and Ethical Hacking. He holds the GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certification as well as the CISSP, CISA, Immunity NOP, and many other certifications. In his spare time Stephen enjoys snowboarding and writing music.

Xena Olsen - Cyber Threat Intel Analyst at Financial Services


Xena Olsen is a cyber threat intelligence analyst in the financial services industry. Xena has an MBA in IT Management, 4 GIAC certifications, and is a graduate of the SANS Women’s Academy. Her current focus is malware analysis and paying it forward through her Women in Information Security Group.

Rick Holland SANS - SANS CTI lead

Rick Holland

Rick Holland has more than 15 years’ experience in information security. Before joining Digital Shadows, he was a Vice President at Forrester Research, providing strategic guidance on security architecture, operations and data privacy. He is currently the Co-Chair of the SANS Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit. Holland regularly speaks at leading security conferences across the globe.

Kirsten Ward - Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst at PWC

Kirsten Ward

Kirsten is a Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst at PwC, specialising in strategic reporting on how real-world events and geopolitics influence cyber activity - especially in the case of live incidents, when understanding a threat actor's motive is crucial. Kirsten has a background in open-source investigations, from executive profiling to reconnaissance for penetration testing. From identifying what executives leak online and how that can make them vulnerable to cyber threats, to combining OSINT with threat intelligence to emulate real-life attacks and test organisations' defences. In 2018, she organised RESET, Europe's first cyber security conference with an all-female speaker line-up. RESET sought to challenge the cyber security status quo, recognising and featuring outstanding work done by women in the field.

Stefanie Metka - Cyber Defence Office at NATO


Since February 2016, Stefanie Metka has been a cyber defence officer with NATO, and acts as an advisor on emerging security challenges in the cyber domain. She also serves as the Chairperson for the NATO Cyber Defence Conference, and is actively engaged in NATO’s cooperation with both national and industry partners as well as international organizations.

She joined the Canadian civil service in 2009 and has had a number of postings with a focus on cyber threats and national security. She earned a Masters degree in infrastructure protection and international security from Carleton University in Ottawa, and has additional certifications in data science, network security and cyber operations. She is an alumni of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Galilee International Management Institute, and Cornell University.