FC is a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer. He has been working in the information security field for over 20 years and excels at circumventing access controls. He has held positions in his career such as Senior Penetration Tester as well as Head of Social Engineering and Physical Assessments for renowned security companies. Having worked as Head of Cyber Research for Raytheon Missile Systems, and working closely alongside intelligence agencies, he has cemented both his skill set and knowledge as well as help to steer governments take correct courses of action against national threats.
As an ethical hacker and social engineer, FC ‘breaks into’ hundreds of banks, offices and government facilities in the UK and Europe. His work demonstrating weaknesses in physical, personnel and digital controls assists organisations to improve their security. He is motivated by a drive to make individuals, organisations and countries more secure and better-able to defend themselves from malicious attack. Now Co-CEO and Head of Ethical Hacking at Cygenta, he continues to perform valuable research into vulnerabilities. His client list involves major high-street banks in the UK and Europe, FTSE100 companies and multiple government agencies and security forces.
Outside of work he also co-founded the Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace as well as Defcon 441452 hacker group. He has co-hosted many podcasts, been featured in the press and regularly writes articles for journals and blogs. FC and his partner Dr Jessica Barker were recently Guest Curators of the 2018 Cheltenham Science Festival. FC frequently gives talks at corporate events, security conferences, universities and schools around the world. He specialises in teaching people of all ages and abilities the art of security in an engaging and impactful way. He demystifies security with his expertise, humour and passion.
John Noble was a Director at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) from its launch until 2018. The NSCC was tasked with protecting the UK’s critical services from cyber-attacks, managing cyber incidents and improving the underlying security of the internet. In his role as the Director of Incident Management, Noble has established and led the response to nearly 800 significant cyber incidents.
Currently, Noble is a non-executive director at NHS Digital, where he chairs the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee. He is also a senior adviser to McKinsey.
From 2012-16 Noble was posted to the British Embassy in Washington where he led on engagement across a range of issues including cyber and joint-technology development.
Noble is an experienced senior leader with a strong track record for operational delivery and strategic business change.
Marc is a Chief Information Security Officer and Cyber Security Advisor with over 20 years’ security experience within Telecommunications, Critical National Infrastructure, Smart Energy, UK Government services and complex transformation programmes. Marc has managed the threats associated with several high profile systems and is an advocate of embedding security into processes and people culture as well as technology.
Stephen Crow is Head of Compliance and Defensive Securities at UKFast, managing security and compliance certifications (PCI DSS, ISO 27001, ISO 27018 Cyber Essentials Plus) as well as leading training and awareness on GDPR within the leading British hosting firm. Stephen built and manages UKFast’s Threat Monitoring product, which continuously analyses data to distinguish between potential security breaches and normal activity, and provides vulnerability scans to satisfy business data protection requirements. Stephen uses his extensive knowledge of implementing information security and data protection standards in consultation with UKFast’s clients, helping to guide them through their own certifications and protect their critical data.
Holly has 10 years of experience within Information Security, with a Master’s degree in Information Security with Privacy. Her time is split between management and penetration testing, although she regularly speaks at conferences and expos about new threats to security.
After four years teaching at schools in Greater Manchester, Arlene joined the Training, Education and Development team at UKFast to help transform IT education in the North West. In three years the team has gone from strength to strength, now working with 60 schools and more than 60,000 students in the region to promote IT careers and digital education. The programme that Arlene and the team are building includes a double award-winning apprenticeship scheme and has developed UKFast’s own workforce into one of the most qualified cloud technology teams in the country.