【UK】Infosecurity Europe 2022 rounds out its keynote speaker line-up with Suzanne Williams, International Hostage and Kidnap Negotiation Expert

Organisers highlight must-see sessions as the one week countdown begins

The final keynote speaker to join the inspiring conference programme at Infosecurity Europe 2022 (21-23 June at ExCeL London) has been confirmed as International Hostage and Kidnap Negotiation Expert Suzanne Williams. In her captivating session, Lessons Learnt From the World of Hostage Negotiation (Thursday 23 June, 10:10), Suzanne will share her unique perspectives on remaining resilient in difficult situations, decision making under pressure, calculated risk taking, and the critical role of humans in advanced systems.


Suzanne Williams says: “I’ll outline the types of organised and not-so-organised crime I’ve been involved with, sharing insights such as how to listen to others to improve negotiation skills. I’m really looking forward to the show; it’s the conversations and introductions which happen at in-person events that make all the difference. Having noticed an increase in cyber extortion in my world, it will be interesting to learn about the emerging threats and trends.”


Other leading practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders on the Keynote Stage include:

  • Main opening keynote speaker Major General Tom Copinger-Symes CBE, Director of Strategy and Military Digitisation with UK Strategic Command, Tackling the Uncertain Future of Security Threats (Tuesday 21 June, 10:20).
  • Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, former Head of MI5 and now serving on the Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty (Wednesday 22 June, 10:10).
  • Misha Glenny, author, journalist and specialist in organised crime and cybersecurity, Geopolitics and Cyber Insecurity (Tuesday 21 June, 15:20).
  • Geoff White, reporter for BBC and Channel 4 and author of The Lazarus Heist, Lessons Learned from Most Recent Cybercrime Investigations (Wednesday 22 June, 16:10).


Also much anticipated is the National Cyber Security Centre Threat Brief: Hacks and Adversaries Unveiled (Thursday 23 June, 12.20), presented by a senior representative of the NCSC who will discuss the key threats and issues the organisationNCSC  has encountered as it seeks to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.


Visitors should not miss the chance to build their technical know-how through Geek Street’s hands-on learning activities, including a series of in-depth roundtable discussions:


  • Tuesday 21 June: Managing Hybrid Cloud Complexity; Nurturing Respectful Behaviours
  • Wednesday 22rd June: Discussing Incident and Crisis Management; Securing Critical Industrial Controls Environments
  • Thursday 23 June: Disinformation Warfare: Tackling Spread of Fake News; Internet of Things: can it be made secure?


On Wednesday 22 June, the winner of the prestigious UK’s Most Innovative Cyber SME 2022 contest – run by the DCMS in partnership with Infosecurity Europe and techUK – will be announced live on the Innovation Showcase stage.


There are also a number of events and announcements from Infosecurity Europe’s 370+ exhibitors to look forward to, to name just a few examples:


  • DigitalXRAID (stand B80) will be running live demos of its new security portal, due to be launched at the show, at 2.15pm on 21 and 22 June, and 12pm on 23 June.
  • Semperis (E22) will hold an on-demand Active Directory Clinic on 21 June, where visitors can evaluate their security posture and how to become less attackable.
  • SecureAge (Q12) will officially launch its CatchPulse endpoint protection platform, designed to deliver 100% protection from malware.
  • Censornet (R48) will demo its new integrated identity as a service (IDaaS), which gives businesses enhanced identity-aware, context-based security.


Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director at Infosecurity Group, comments: “Two weeks before the event opens, and there’s a real buzz in the air about Infosecurity Europe 2022. We’re hearing from visitors, exhibitors and speakers alike how they can’t wait to get back together in person to share experiences, forge relationships and learn from each other. The theme we chose for this year’s show – Stronger Together – couldn’t be more apt, and we’re looking forward to seeing evidence of what increased industry collaboration makes possible in the coming years.”




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