The CSO Security Forum

Virtual Event
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As security leaders look back on 2020, many will barely recognise the businesses they are now securing compared to the start of last year. The pandemic brought around new ways of working, new tools, and new network topologies that have changed how companies operate and how CISOs protect their most important data and operations.

But what challenges still remain, and how does a permanent shift to remote working for large portions of the workforce affect security operations, budgets, planning and priorities? And what other transformational trends on the horizon do CISOs and their teams need to prepare for and contend with?

CSO UK’s first virtual CSO Forum will delve into topics around security leadership, changing regulatory environments, evolving technology trends, and the increasing threat landscape through a packed half-day of panel discussions and presentations from leading cybersecurity experts and practitioners.

This half-day virtual event is a must-attend for UK security leaders.

Agenda (subject to change)

Wednesday 10th February 2021
  • 09:30am – 10:00am – Virtual guest arrival and opening of Exhibitor Lounge and Networking Zone

    10:00am – 10:05am – Welcome remarks from Scott Carey, Group B2B Editor, IDG UK

    10.05am - 10.35am – CISO Stress: How to Deal with Burnout featuring Cath Goulding, CISO, Nominet and Vicki Gavin, Head of Information Security & Compliance, Kaplan International

    Being a CISO can a stressful and lonely job. How to spot potential burnout, how to cope, how to help your team if it’s affecting staff.

    10:35am – 11:00am – Cybersecurity Skills Panel Discussion

    11.00am - 11.20am – Networking Break

    11.20am - 11.50am – Global Security Trends: A Worldwide Roundtable with CSO’s Editors

    Join CSO worldwide managing director Bob Bragdon as he discusses today’s issues with CSO editors from Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. How is security evolving in various parts of the world with continued remote work? What’s the impact of data breaches and GDPR, along with potential legal exposure to CISOs? Where is ransomware a challenge? And how are relationships between CISOs and their boards adjusting? Join us for perspectives from various regions of the world.

    11.50am – 12.00pm – Splunk Partner Presentation

    12:00pm - 12.40pm – Data protection in 2021: Brexit, Privacy Shield, GDPR featuring Enza Iannopollo, Senior Analyst – Privacy, Security & Risk, Forrester and Steve Kuncewicz, Partner, BLM Law

    The UK data protection regulation landscape is in a very uncertain and precarious position. Brexit complicates data flows with the EU, the fall of Privacy Shield complicates UK and EU data flows to the US, and the UK being too cosy with either one could lead to complications with the other. A look at what CISOs need to know, how they need to work with DPOs to navigate a complicated time.

    12.40pm – 12.50pm – Presentation from Partner Sponsor

    12:50pm - 13:25pm – The CISO’s Evolving Role: Career Tips and Guidance for Today’s Security Leaders featuring Tim Youngblood, Corporate VP, Global CISO, McDonald’s

    Tim Youngblood is Corporate VP, Global CISO at McDonald’s, one of the world’s largest food service companies. Having worked at other large organizations, Tim’s developed a unique understanding of the various stages in evolving your career to the CISO level. Join us for this in-depth interview to understand Tim’s views on the evolving CISO role, his career and skills advice for aspiring security leaders, why expertise in operational excellence and partnering is essential, and the future of information security.

    13.25pm - 13:30pm – Closing remarksfrom Doug Drinkwater, Senior Director of Content, IDG

    13.30pm - 14.30pm – Networking in the Exhibitor Lounge and Networking Zone


Cath Goulding

Cath Goulding, Chief Information Security Officer - Nominet

Cath has over 15 years experience in the cyber security profession having worked for both UK Government and the private sector. A thought leader in her field, she frequently speaks at security and internet conferences and has provided articles and comments for multiple publications. Cath currently works as Chief Information Security Officer for Nominet UK, the internet company best known for running the ‘’ registry and therefore critical to internet operations in the UK. Prior to joining Nominet, Cath worked at GCHQ holding a variety of posts in the field of cyber security. Cath has a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Human Computer Interaction and is CISSP qualified. She was named one of the most influential women of UK Tech in 2020 in Computer Weekly.

Enza Ionnapollo

Enza Iannopollo, Senior Analyst – Privacy, Security & Risk - Forrester

Enza is a senior analyst on the security and risk team and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E). Enza helps organizations worldwide embed privacy and ethics in their strategic initiatives through approaches that deliver business growth while protecting their customers’ and employees’ trust and their brand reputation. Her research focuses on compliance with data protection rules, privacy as a competitive differentiator, ethics, and risk management. Enza speaks regularly at national and international executive conferences, and her research is often quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

Scott Carey

Scott Carey, Group Editor UK B2B - IDG UK

Scott is an experienced enterprise technology journalist, as comfortable writing analysis as he is hosting industry events and appearing on broadcast media. He has a keen interest in big IT and cloud vendors, deep knowledge of the SaaS market and digital transformation at some of the UK’s biggest companies, and a contacts book that covers the industry from top to bottom.

Timothy Youngwood

Timothy Youngblood, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer - McDonald's Corporation

Timothy Youngblood is the Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for the McDonald’s Corporation leading the company’s global information security organization. Timothy is responsible for overseeing risk management and brand protection on a global scale for the company. He has 30 years of industry experience ranging from Cyber Security Strategy and Operations, Product Security, IT Audit, Disaster Recovery, Risk Assessment, and Management Consulting. Timothy has served in multiple industries across his career including financial services, healthcare, oil/gas, retail, and manufacturing.

Vicki Gavin

Vicki Gavin, Head of Information Security & Compliance - Kaplan International

Vicki, The Cyber CoachTM, is a recognized expert in security, privacy and resilience. She was Chairperson of the Women's Security Society and has won Cybersecurity Woman of the Year and Unsung Hero, Marathon (Wo)man awards. Currently she is the Head of Information Security & Risk Management for Kaplan International, having previously held leadership positions with Cyber Rescue Alliance, Artemis Fund Management, Kensington Mortgages, The Economist, Barclaycard, Barclays Bank, Barclays Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and the Toronto Stock Exchange. An invited speaker at industry conferences globally, recently she participated in the OpRisk Europe conference discussing the cyber threat landscape and the Evolve event discussing developing a cyber secure culture. Vicki is MBCI and CRISC Certified, holds a BSc in Physics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Adults.

Event Sponsor

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Who should attend

Registrations are now open for UK senior IT executives, including CSOs, CISOs, CTOs, CIOs and IT directors.