#HackersGonnaHack - The Real Challenges of Cybersecurity in Banking, FinTec...

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Data breaches, fraud and digital identity theft are sharply on the rise. The massive breaches at Equifax and numerous high-profile cases in the UK and EU highlight the dangers, but 100s of billions of pounds are lost every year to fraud in transactions, insurance and online platforms due to sophisticated hacks and misuse of data. Card-not-present transaction fraud in the USA grew 142% last year alone!

Businesses are increasingly vulnerable as the digital identity and payment worlds struggle to evolve to meet and defeat cybercriminal threats. Hackers constantly develop new methods to break into organisations, and companies must put cybersecurity, particularly in financial and transaction environments, as an urgent priority on the board agenda. Once the house is on fire, it is too late to buy the fire extinguisher. What can new technology and new insights gained from machine learning and AI do for improving cybersecurity in this hostile environment?

To understand these challenges and discover potential solutions, Cybertonica Ltd. (a Machine Learning and AI company working with Cisco), University College London and the Emerging Payments Association are organising an evening on Cybersecurity in Banking, FinTech and Transaction Environments. This topic is the hottest right now in the minds of people from all parts of the digital ecosystem. We look forward to active participation.

Why you should be there

Whether you are a C-level financial services executive, senior manager (IT, marketing, finance, risk etc.) with responsibility for cybersecurity, tech start-up, influencer and/or policy maker, this free event aims to increase your awareness of emerging cyber threats, provide you with insights on how hackers operate, how to protect your financial services or payments organisation against cyberattacks, how to prepare for and respond to a cyberattack, and will help you discover innovative cybersecurity solutions and explore future trends in the area.

Join us at IDEALondon, a post accelerator workspace run by a partnership of Cisco, UCL Engineering, EDF Energy and managed by Capital Enterprise. In a dynamic exchange, we’ll learn from amazing speakers composed of industry, start-up and academic experts. Afterwards, enjoy complementary drinks and networking with cyber business professionals!

We expect this event to sell out, so book your ticket today!


18:00 Registration & Welcome Drinks

18:30 Opening Session: Real Criminals in the Virtual World: How to Use New Technologies to Make the Future of FinTech Safe

Joshua Bower-Saul, CEO and Co-Founder, Cybertonica Ltd.

18:45 Keynote Address: The Role of Cybersecurity in Enabling Access for Everyone

Tony Craddock, Director General, Emerging Payments Association

19:00 Panel Discussion: Cybersecurity in Banking, FinTech and Transaction Environments

Moderator: Sarah Martin, Programme Manager, Cisco Mi-IDEA


  • Ekaterina Safonova, Director for Partnerships and Training, Cybertonica Ltd.

  • Gianluca Stringhini, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University College London

  • Julian Saunders, CEO and Founder,

  • Liad Herman Founder, L.H Consulting DATA-ctives & SafeHouse Cyber-technologies

  • Tom Pilling, Head of Risk (Acquiring – Europe), Paysafe Group

19:45 Q&A Session

20:00 Closing Remarks

20:15 Networking Drinks

21:30 End of the event

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Speakers' Biographies (In Agenda Order):

Joshua Bower-Saul, CEO and Co-Founder, Cybertonica Ltd.

Joshua is the CEO and co-founder of Cybertonica Ltd., a London-based FinTech company that uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to reduce basket drop-off and increase conversion for all channels of e-payments and transaction platforms. He has over 20 years’ experience in business management and sales and directed a dozen SME and start-up investments. Joshua is the co-founder of 4 businesses in online funding, media and FinTech. He is a graduate of Harvard (MA) and INSEAD (MBA).

Tony Craddock, Director General, Emerging Payments Association

As the evangelist leading the UK’s most influential trade association in payments, Tony is passionate about this industry. Whether writing blogs, chairing conferences or enrolling CEOs, ministers, regulators or retailers in his mission, Tony sets out to encourage innovation, promote collaboration and coordinate the voice of the emerging payments industry. He is a non-executive director, investor and adviser to several payments companies and works with the investment community to help investors access the rising stars of PayTech.

Sarah Martin, Programme Manager, Cisco Mi-IDEA

Sarah joined Cisco to mobilise and run the Mi-IDEA post accelerator in Manchester, a partnership between Cisco and MSP to continue the success of IDEALondon in the North of England. After a successful launch in September, Sarah now looks after Innovation Programmes and Partnerships. Prior to Mi-IDEA and Cisco, Sarah was part of the SLT of a Northern Tech start-up success story at Metronet (UK) a wireless hybrid ISP. When she’s not driving innovation Sarah also sits on the board of the Smart Works charity supporting women back into work by providing mentoring, interview coaching and interview wear.

Ekaterina Safonova, Director for Partnerships and Training, Cybertonica Ltd.

Katerina joined Cybertonica to lead the Cybersecurity segment and is Director for Partnerships and Training. She remains a Visiting Associate Professor at Kazan State Technical University in the Cybersecurity Department. She has teaching experience in the UK and has spoken at global conferences. Her strong technical background includes a PhD, over 17 years of experience in research and lecturing with 35 publications including 5 books. Passionate about her topic and international in her approach, she loves learning new things and opening unexplored horizons. Katerina is the perfect guide you need by your side in this exciting but occasionally frightening world of cybersecurity.

Gianluca Stringhini, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), University College London

Gianluca is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Departments of Computer Science and Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL). He is affiliated with the Information Security Group, the International Secure Systems Lab, and the iDrama Lab. Gianluca received a PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014. He has received multiple awards including UCL BEAMS Future Leaders in Engineering and Physical Sciences Award in 2016 and Google Research Award in 2015.

Julian Saunders, CEO and Founder,

Julian is an experienced entrepreneur, business leader, and starter of new disruptive services. Originally a designer, he now specialises in optimising the interface between individuals and the organisations they interact with. In the early days, his tools were branding and retail environments. More recently he has concentrated on creating innovative personal data-driven digital services with an emphasis on empowering consumers. Julian now leads PORT, a personal data platform that enables businesses to connect with their customers, comply with the GDPRs and communicate with customers quickly, easily, and at low cost.

Liad Herman Founder, L.H Consulting DATA-ctives & SafeHouse Cyber-technologies

After founding two start-up companies and being the manager of a start-up VC fund, Liad decided to take on the role of changing data consulting as we know it. His perspective is a fresh interdisciplinary approach. Looking at data as a mean to an end, Liad & L.H. create methodologies rather than standalone tools. Liad is a data specialist and a lecturer in the subject (TED, TAU). His last role before his entrepreneur life was a team leader in a Special Forces, elite intelligence inter-disciplinary working force “solving the unsolvable”. That role concluded a 4- year experience in the intelligence community of the Israeli armed force.

Tom Pilling, Head of Risk (Acquiring – Europe), Paysafe Group

Tom has worked in eCommerce Acquiring Risk & Fraud since 2002. He started his career in payments with WorldPay and progressed through the fraud & risk functions until becoming eCommerce Acquiring Risk & Fraud Manager. When WorldPay moved their fraud functions to Manchester, Tom moved to Paysafe to help them start a new fraud function in order to obtain principal acquiring membership of Visa and MasterCard. This was quickly achieved and as the acquiring business has built up for Paysafe, Tom has progressed to Head of Risk (Acquiring) for the European Division of Payment Processing at Paysafe. He is married with two daughters and is a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town FC!

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