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Critical National Infrastructure in the Commercial World

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Modern society is underpinned by the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) of the country in which we live - electricity supply, water, communications, transport, and so on.

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About the event

Modern society is underpinned by the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) of the country in which we live - electricity supply, water, communications, transport, and so on. The majority of such CNI is owned and operated by private companies who rely on commercially available, off-the-shelf equipment and technologies for day to day operation. The information that underpins the services is often carried over commercial public networks; and the providers are also expected to maintain internet connectivity to keep the public informed.

This half-day event will discuss the environment that is created, where there is increased exposure of the business systems to attack, resulting in a set of challenges in managing vulnerabilities and providing assured operation in the event of hackers, physical attacks and natural disasters.

This thought-provoking half day event, kindly hosted and sponsored by Bird & Bird, will explore the challenges of managing and keeping CNI secure in this ever more complex environment. Paramount to all CW events, there will be ample networking opportunities among colleagues and peers as well as a panel session to facilitate discussion on the sessions of the day. Confirmed speakers for this event:

  • Hugh Boyes, Cyber Security Lead at The IET
  • Rick Crosby, Principal Information Risk Management Specialist, CESG
  • Adrian Grilli, Managing Director of JRC Ltd.
  • Gerry McQuaid, Group Security Relations Manager, Vodafone Group Services Ltd 
  • Graham Wright CBE, CISO & Global Head of Digital Risk and Security, National Grid

The Security SIG is championed by David Chater-Lea of Motorola Solutions, Nicholas Hill of Plextek Consulting, Guy Kenyon of Kenyon Consulting, Tim Phipps of Cambridge Consultants and Rob Quarton of Airwave.
We are extremely grateful to Bird & Bird for sponsoring this event.

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Sponsored by Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is an international commercial law firm.

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Registration & Networking over lunch


Introduction to the Cambridge Wireless Security and Defence SIG from David Chater-Lea of Motorola Solutions


Welcome from sponsor, John Drake, Chief Operating Officer, Bird & Bird LLP


Operational Technology & the Risk Management Challenge; Rick Crosby, Principal Information Risk Management Specialist, CESG

The Information Security Industry Sector has tried to resolve the Cyber Threat to Critical National Infrastructure by relabeling its services and products from 'IA' to 'Cyber Security' without really attempting to understand the context and constraints presented by Operational Technology (OT). This talk will explain why this approach is ineffective and what the real business requirement is for OT Cyber Security.




Securing the CNI - an engineering perspective; Hugh Boyes, Cyber Security Lead, The IET

The Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) is entering a period of rapid change, where society expects new
technologies to provide benefits such as lower energy and water consumption, increased capacity and reduced
congestion on our roads, and greater access to open data. These changes increasingly expose CNI systems to a hostile environment, where threat agents do not require proximity to their targets. Hugh will explore the use of trustworthy systems, embedding cyber-security awareness and skills into our workforce and use of
standards to protect the CNI.




Graham Wright CBE, CISO and Global Head of Digital Risk, National Grid




Coffee/Tea & Networking


Protecting Critical National Infrastructure in the Commercial World; Adrian Grilli, Managing Director, JRC Ltd.

Western society is underpinned by several interlinked Critical National Infrastructures (CNI). In our modern world, these networks are increasingly interlinked – ‘Smart Cities’ – ‘The Internet of Things’, but the network on which they all depend is electricity; without electricity, our modern world grinds to a halt very quickly. Adrian will explore the challenges of managing and keeping CNI secure in an ever more complex commercial environment.




Critical National Infrastructure and Threat Intelligence Sharing from a private sector perspective; Gerry McQuaid, Group Security Relations Manager, Vodafone Group Services Ltd

A discussion on the challenges facing the private sector running critical national infrastructure elements. Overcoming competitive issues, cross border interaction and ensuring legal compliance.




Panel Session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, David Chater-Lea of Motorola Solutions


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Hugh Boyes - Principal Engineer, University of Warwick

Adrian Grilli - Managing Director, JRC

SIG Champions

Phil Burr - Director, Business Transformation, Arm

Phil, as a senior product manager, has grown product revenue by focusing on the customer. Covering product strategy, product marketing, business development and product management, Phil is driven by the desire to connect customers to products that delight. Most recently Phil was Product Marketing Director at Arkessa (IoT SaaS platform) and Senior Product Marketing Manager at Mentor Graphics (embedded software product). Phil co-founded Octymo, a Cambridge start up focused on licensing a mobile phone applications platform. Phil brings extensive global experience including living in Asia where, for TTPCom and Motorola, he built and led a pan-Asian division to service multi-million dollar contracts.

Zahid Ghadialy - Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Parallel Wireless UK & EMEA

Zahid Ghadialy is a Senior Director with a fast-moving and innovative US-based young company called Parallel Wireless (PW) that is on a mission to make deployment of any cellular infrastructure as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi. With an extensive experience of over 18 years in the telecom industry as an engineer, programmer, analyst, researcher, architect, trainer, product manager and technical marketer, he is a technologist with a deep understanding of architecting world-class mobile products and solutions. Zahid is currently a member of Board of Directors at CW and 'Future Devices & Technologies' SIG champion. He has also previously been a 'Small Cell SIG' and 'Smart & Intelligent Cities SIG' champion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of eXplanoTech. In his spare time he blogs at 3G4G and you can also catch him on Twitter at @zahidtg.

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Nick Koiza - Head of Security Business, Plextek

Nick heads up Plextek's business in the security market and has a long and successful track record across global security and public safety sectors, where he has developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications. He has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications, and has also co-founded and managed Cambridge-based businesses. He began his career with the European Space Agency in Germany where he acted as a member of the Mission Control Team for a spacecraft launched aboard NASA's Space Shuttle. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick holds a Diploma from the University of Cambridge and MSc and BSc honours degrees in Space Science and Computer Science, respectively.

Tim Phipps - Programme Manager, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. Tim works to develop communications on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular chipsets and software. His experience includes working as an engineer, programme manager, and product manager.

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Bird & Bird LLP, 15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

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