WEBINAR: Business Resilience in the face of COVID-19
A spotlight on financial services

21 Oct, 11.10am - 12pm BST


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In response to COVID-19, the rapid and expansive rollout of homeworking across the country has resulted in a sharp increase in business-targeted cybercrime.

Considered the beacons of best practice when it comes to cybersecurity, businesses within the financial services sector have been no exception to these attacks. Vast changes in business infrastructure have provided countless more opportunities for malicious cybercriminals to pry for new and unforeseen weaknesses and publicly extort these, reaping reputational havoc and in turn adversely affecting bottom lines. In short, business resilience is being tried and tested.

Within this webinar, our guest speakers will be discussing the cybersecurity challenges this sector has been facing over the past few months, from the increase in ransomware attacks to supply chain issues and business agility constraints. These issues will be countered with expert advice around what businesses should be considering, discussing and potentially implementing to ensure resilience in the long-term.

This webinar will resonate with:

  • Decision makers and senior management from the financial services sector (banks, investment firms, fintechs, insurance firms, etc)

  • Those with an interest in how cybersecurity can effect organisational reputation and revenue


What to expect:

  • Discussion and interaction between our guest speakers - this webinar is live!

  • A rounded and informed conversation with perspectives from both industry and academia

  • A link to a recording of the webinar after it's taken place (following registration)

  • The opportunity to ask our guest speakers a question, even if you can't make the live event (following registration)


Guest Speakers

Dr Natalie Coull (Host)
Head of the Division of Cybersecurity at Abertay University

Steven Wilson
CEO at Cyber Defence Alliance

Mandy Haeburn-Little
CEO at Business Resilience International Management

Lord Iain McNicol of West Kilbride
Non-Executive Director at Salad Money

Professor Karen Renaud
Cybersecurity Lecturer at Abertay University

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Dr Natalie Coull (Webinar Host)

Dr Natalie Coull is the Head of Division of Cybersecurity at Abertay University, and was responsible for developing their bachelors in Digital Forensics and the NCSC Certified Masters in Ethical Hacking. Natalie has research interests in secure coding, digital watermarks and computer memory-based security concerns. Natalie is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cybersecurity and leading a programme to provide Abertay student mentors for local school pupils as part of their National Progression Award in Cybersecurity.

Natalie graduated with a Doctorate in technology-enhanced education for software development from the University of St Andrews, which was followed by a Post-Doctoral post in the same area. Natalie was appointed as a Lecturer in Ethical Hacking in 2008 at Abertay.

Working with colleagues at Kingston University, and the University of the West of England, Natalie is one of the founders of CISSE UK – an organisation created to bring together those interested in cybersecurity education across the UK, and provide a platform for sharing best practice and resources.

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Steven Wilson

Mr. Steven Wilson Joined the Cyber Defence Alliance (CDA) in January 2020. Prior to this he was the Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol in The Netherlands since January 2016. His responsibilities included supporting international investigations into high-level cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation, transnational non-cash payment fraud, dark web enquiries and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT) representing 16 countries.  His teams provided forensic support to European countries on complex digital and document forensic cases, decryption matters and strategic cyber related threat assessment. He coordinated industry engagement, academic liaison and training and capacity building at a European level.  With 34 years in law enforcement, Steven previously served as a senior detective in Scotland where he performed a range of roles with national responsibility, including investigating serious organised crime, terrorist matters, cybercrime, online child sexual exploitation and complex money laundering enquiries. He was also responsible for national provision of covert policing and digital forensics resources. Steven was the Scottish representative on UK cyber governmental and policing groups and led on industry and academic partnership groups on cyber resilience in Scotland.  Steven brings a wealth of experience in trust-based collaboration, information sharing across industry, law enforcement, government and academia to proactively detect, protect, deter, dismantle and stop cybercrime/threats.  He has effectively led teams to leverage cross-sector resources and threat intelligence to more effectively analyse, correlate and attribute critical real-time intelligence against emerging cyber threats and deliver actionable intelligence to both industry and law enforcement.

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Mandy Haeburn-Little

Mandy and her team are delivering the first National network of Policing Cyber Resilience Centres for the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs Council across the UK. She is Chief Executive of Business Resilience International (BRIM). There will be 10 Cyber Centres across the UK following the core model and already 3 of these are live with a further 3 currently waiting.

In 2014, Mandy established the London Digital Security Centre based on a similar model. Mandy has led numerous initiatives and campaigns in Cyber and is a strong advocate for technical skills, especially young women interested in a career in STEAM. Mandy has mentored many young people and is particularly interested in how to make STEAM careers accessible and genuinely exciting. In her last role, working with the students from Abertay University, Mandy conceived a business of ethical hacking students, Curious Frank and this model is now rolling out across the UK.

Before founding BRIM in 2019, Mandy was the Chief Executive of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre for over 9 years, working in direct partnership with the single Police force, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, as well as delivering aspects of resilience for the Scottish Government.

On announcing her departure from her role as CEO, Mandy received a cross party Parliamentary Motion from the Scottish Parliament for her outstanding contribution to the business sector, as well as for her inspirational leadership.

Mandy is involved in a range of Policing initiatives, was previously the only independent Board member of the Scottish Crime Campus and sat on the Serious Organised Crime TaskForce.

Outside of work, Mandy is an exhibited artist.

Follow Mandy @MandyHL_BRIM


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Lord Iain McNicol of West Kilbride

Iain served as the General Secretary of the Labour Party from 2011-18, moving from the position as National Political Officer of the GMB Union. He has a long history of organising in both the Labour and trade union movement.

As Labour’s GS he was legally and operationally responsible for the most important elections in the U.K. over the past decade.

Iain grew up in the West coast of Scotland, he began his involvement in political organising as President of the Student Union at Dundee Institute of Technology in 1991, now Abertay University.

He then moved to the Labour Party, first in an elected role as National Campaigns and Membership Officer for Labour Students. Then as an organiser and agent in West London in Labour’s historic 1997 General Election.

Following the Labour Party’s electoral victory in 1997 Iain moved to work for the GMB Union. On 19 July 2011, Labour’s National Executive Committee selected him to become the Party’s General Secretary.

Iain is married and has a son and daughter and the family have lived in South London for over 25 years. He holds a black-belt in karate, and plays the bagpipes.

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Professor Karen Renaud

Karen Renaud is a Scottish Computing Scientist working on all aspects of Human-Centred Security and Privacy. She was educated at the Universities of Pretoria, South Africa and Glasgow. She is particularly interested in deploying behavioural science techniques to improve security behaviours, and in encouraging end-user privacy-preserving behaviours.

Her research approach is multi-disciplinary, essentially learning from other, more established, fields and harnessing methods and techniques from other disciplines to understand and influence cyber security behaviours.