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Meet the Panellists

METCLOUD is proud to headline sponsor the Global Trade Conference 2020, a week-long event hosted by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC). As part of our sponsorship, METCLOUD will be hosting a Live Online Panel discussion about the importance of cybersecurity in global trade on Monday, 22 June 2020 at 2:30pm (BST). Find out more about the panellists below… 

Don Randall MBE

In 2008, Don was appointed as Head of Security at the Bank of England and in 2013, Don was appointed as the Bank’s first Chief Information Security Officer to target issues relating to information security, including cyber threats. Don was elected as Chairman of the Global Banks Heads of Security Group in June 2013.

Ian Glover, President of CREST

CREST, the not-for-profit body that represents the technical information security industry and provides internationally recognised accreditation for organisations and professional level certifications for individuals providing penetration testing, cyber incident response, threat intelligence and Security Operations Centre (SOC) services.

Ian Vickers, CEO of METCLOUD

Ian currently heads METCLOUD, a multi-award winning cybersecurity cloud platform that is globally recognised for providing a sophisticated portfolio of cyber surveillance and defence services. Ian’s passion in security has led him to become a board member of the West Midland Crime Partnership. He has also been the Chair of the Birmingham Related Crime Steering Group, Board member of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership and member of the CompTIA Executive Council.

Oliver Fairbank, Head of Analysis at Orpheus

Orpheus is the only UK-government accredited cyber threat intelligence company providing cyber risk rating services. Oliver manages Orpheus’ Cyber Threat Intelligence team, including its bespoke work on critical national infrastructure projects and its cyber risk rating services. He has ten years’ experience in various guises in cyber threat intelligence.

Flavius Plesu, Founder and CEO of OutThink

The world’s first Predictive Human Risk Intelligence platform (SaaS), aimed at revolutionising security awareness and giving security teams the power that comes with identifying high risk users. Flavius has over 18 years of experience in the security industry, and prior to founding OutThink he worked for a number of blue chip companies, most recently as CISO of Bank of Ireland UK, where he was inspired to create his own security solution, to solve the Human Risk problems he had encountered throughout his career. OutThink is recognised globally for innovation and has a number of large enterprise customers including FTSE constituents Vodafone, Bunzl and Holland & Barrett, as well as Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.

Deborah Leary, OBE, CEO at Forensic Pathways Ltd

Launched 2001, Forensic Pathways develops innovative technologies for criminal and business intelligence. Its consultancy provision includes: brand protection/monitoring services, dark web monitoring, OSINT, social media investigations and due diligence services. Forensic Pathways has won numerous innovation and business awards including a Board of Trade Award. Deborah is an Export Champion for DIT and is Vice President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

Simon Hosking, UK Cyber Industry Representative to the Gulf

Simon is the UK Cyber Industry Representative to the Gulf at Department for International Trade & HM Government – Simon began a secondment to the UK’s Department for International Trade in July 2019. His role, which has a Gulf-wide remit, is to work with UK industry on their larger government cyber and security deals, particularly where customers have defence and security relationships with the UK government. He is based in the British Embassy in Dubai. Simon is on secondment from industry, and has spent the last five years with BAE Systems plc, one of the world’s leading defence and technology companies. He worked with the company’s cyber business unit to win contracts in the Middle and Far East. Before that, Simon spent 20 years in the British government in a range of roles with the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence including on several overseas tours, the last of which was to the UK Mission to the UN in New York, where he worked on Security Council issues as Political Counsellor. He then took up a senior management role in London with responsibility for a cross-agency team delivering critical national security solutions, including on cyber issues.


The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been established as the authoritative source of information for UK companies and CNI needing advice about increasing their cyber resilience.  There is a wealth of information and guidance for individuals, families and business, in particular SMEs. You can also follow them on Twitter @NCSC

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CIFAS is a not-for-profit fraud prevention membership organisation. We are the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, managing the largest confirmed fraud database in the country. Our members are organisations from all sectors, sharing their data across those sectors to reduce instances of fraud and financial crime. You can also follow them on Twitter @CIFASUK

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This guide provides an introduction to cyber threat intelligence. It provides practical advice on the practice and procurement of cyber threat intelligence services. It outlines the key concepts and principles that underpin cyber threat intelligence, along with the ways in which organisations use cyber threat intelligence to prevent, detect and respond to potential cyber security incidents. It also presents guidance and criteria to help you select a qualified supplier with the capabilities necessary to meet your requirements.

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Cifas has joined with Forensic Pathways to give insight to whether data compromise is due to online behaviour on the surface web, or whether it is an amalgamation of what criminals have collated and sold via the dark web. This research also provides insight as to what personal information is available on the Internet, and we explore some of the methods used to obtain it.

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The cyber security export strategy outlines the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) new approach to supporting the UK’s cyber security sector. This strategy sets out how the UK government will strengthen support to the UK’s world leading cyber security firms with a focus on priority markets and sectors. It will deliver a tailored experience for overseas buyers based on trusted insight, and help UK cyber security companies showcase their capability to find and secure opportunities to export.

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A new threat report, jointly written by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA), provides an in-depth analysis of the evolving threat, together with an overview of the practical steps the UK can take together .These reports are published annually, so keep an eye on the latest releases from the NCSC. 

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) offers guidance proposing a series of 12 principles, designed to help you establish effective control and oversight of your supply chain.

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Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can also follow them on Twitter @ActionFraudUK

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As Ransomware attacks have been identified as a key part of cyber criminal activity since the Covid-19 outbreak, we recommend you check out our RANSOMWARE HANDBOOK for useful insight about the topic. We plan to add more resources that can help and support businesses at this unprecedented time, so do check back to this dedicated page for further updates. 

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