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Leeds Regional Meeting - November 2016


Wednesday, 23 November 2016 from 16:30 to 20:30 (EST)

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ISSA-UK Leeds Regional Meeting
Agenda – Wednesday 23rd November 2016,
4.30pm – 9pm

3 CPE points



Registration (Tea & Coffee)


Welcome & Introduction – Alan Mercer, VP Regions, ISSA-UK












5.15 – 6.00pm

“Ensuring your reputation survives a cyber-attack”
- Abigail Healey of Addleshaw Goddard and Kate Miller of Project Associates (www.addleshawgoddard.com

Synopsis: How an organisation responds to a cyber-attack can cause significant damage to its reputation. The speakers will consider, from both a legal and communications perspective, how to survive a crisis situation in the event of a cyber-attack, including handling the media, and using the legal tools available as well as an effective communications strategy, to minimise any damage suffered to your organisation's reputation.


Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

Abigail is a commercial litigator, specialising in reputation and information protection for companies and individuals.

Abigail regularly provides advice on media crisis management, defamation, malicious falsehood, harassment, privacy, breach of confidence, freedom of information and data protection. That includes internet related matters, such as online libel and domain name disputes, and she has a particular interest in issues arising in social media. She has acted for various corporate clients and individuals in relation to the removal of website content on grounds of libel, privacy and/or harassment. She also advises on non-contentious reputation management issues faced by clients in the digital era, such as advising on social media policies and terms and conditions of use for websites and/or pages in social media.

She has recently acted for numerous victims of phone hacking in their claims for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and/or harassment. She also regularly advises companies on aspects of information security, including preventing as well as responding to data breaches.

Abigail retains full Higher Court rights of audience. She regularly speaks and writes on reputation and information related topics and is a contributor to external publications including E-Commerce Law Reports. Recent speaking engagements include IBC Legal's International Private Client Conference and its Media Law Summer School.

Director, Project Associates

Project Associates is an international communications consultancy specialising in reputation and crisis management Kate advises companies, institutions and individuals on critical communications issues which have the potential to damage reputations or which are central to achieving strategic objectives. Her focus areas include corporate positioning, reputation management, media relations, stakeholder engagement and crisis management. As part of this she has advised on cyber preparedness and response for live incidents that have occurred in the US, UK and other parts of Europe. As a former solicitor and litigator, Kate also specialises in litigation communications and works with clients and their legal teams on strategies to address contentious situations.

Before joining Project Associates in 2012, Kate spent 12 years at the international corporate communications firm Brunswick, specialising in financial and corporate communications, including mergers and acquisitions, financial calendar, crisis, competition, and litigation. Prior to her time at Brunswick, Kate was a litigator at law firm Allen & Overy in London, qualifying in 1997. Kate took a degree in English from University College, Oxford before studying law at The College of Law in London.

6.00 – 6.15pm

Break (Tea & Coffee)

6.15 – 7.00pm

“GDPR, Awareness, Readiness & Implications”
- Steven Atkin, Client Solution Executive, IBM

Synopsis: From 2018 all organisations holding European Citizen's data will need to meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Bio: 18 years of experience at major solution providers, vendors and resellers, including Dell, Computacentre and IBM, Steve is the Strategic Customer Sales Executive for IBM, driving large complex security service engagements to meet the needs of large multi-national customers, government agencies and educational establishments.

7.00 – 7.45pm

“(Anti) Social Engineering”
- Richard De Vere, The AntiSocial Engineer

Synopsis: Richard shares his experience of working for an ethical social engineering consultancy that helps organisations protect themselves from malicious attacks.

Bio:Principal consultant Richard De Vere has an extensive background in penetration testing and social engineering, including ‘red team’ exercises and information gathering assessments.

7.45 – 9.00pm

Networking & Refreshments
- Drinks & light refreshments kindly provided by Grant Thornton

Do you have questions about Leeds Regional Meeting - November 2016? Contact ISSA-UK

When & Where

Grant Thornton
1 Whitehall Riverside
Whitehall Rd E
LS1 4BN Leeds
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 from 16:30 to 20:30 (EST)

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ISSA-UK is one of ISSA's largest chapters, and provides networking events and educational opportunities to our member base in London. Gabe Chomic was elected President in 2015, and chairs our events.

ISSA was founded in 1987 and is the longest standing association for cyber security professionals globally, with over 12,000 members.

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