Cyber Security Seminar – Speaker Biographies

Nick Alston

Nick Alston was born in Harwich police station to a policing family. He read natural sciences at Cambridge before joining the Royal Navy on a short service commission. From the Navy, he joined the Ministry of Defence and spent 28 years working in national defence and security. After retiring from public service, Nick joined Goldman Sachs and became a Managing Director in the Office of Global Security. After leaving Goldman, Nick joined the Mid-Essex NHS Hospitals Trust as a Non-Executive Director and he is on the Board of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at UCL. In November 2012, Nick was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex having stood as the Conservative Party candidate. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and Chair of the Police ICT Board. Nick was appointed CBE in the 1997 New Year’s Honours List.

Michael Tye

Sales Manager UK, Ireland Sales Manager for TITUS

Education: Auckland University – Business degree

I have been working for Infinigate UK  for 12 years specialising in Network & data Security.   

My core focus over the years has been developing and Educating the UK market in the areas of best practise for data handling and information assurance.   In particular public sector organisations including the police, NHS and councils have had to pay out in fines as a result of poor data handling practices. Such needless expense due to fines at a time when many public-sector organisations are having their budgets slashed is a cause of great frustration to me and many of the organisations I work with.

I have been involved in over 100 successful UK classification projects todate and now see many commercial and professional organisations looking into classification procedures.

Caroline Garrow

Caroline Garrow has been in the insurance industry for nearly 20 years. A significant  amount of this time was spent within the Claims Division where she has seen the best and the worst from the industry. Caroline Joined SEIB in 2014 and has spent the last year researching the subject of Internet Enabled Crime. SEIB are a National Broker who specialise in providing niche solutions for its customers to enable them to manage risk in an ever changing risk landscape. Caroline has tasked herself to raise awareness that there is insurance available to protect businesses from the financial exposure that internet enabled crime causes.

With the average cost of the worst breach to a small business ranging between 75,000 – 310,000 in 2015 you will probably be surprised that only 2% of large companies and 0% of small companies having explicit cyber cover. It is reported that most business owners assume that they are protected by their standard property insurance, however standard polices would not cover this exposure. It is also assumed that the business would be offered protection as they hold their data in the Cloud or use a third party supplier, Caroline will explain why this may not be the case, provide insights into the insurance products that are available and the claims trends that the industry is seeing.

Donell Henry

Education – Certificate in Business Banking and Conduct

Business Manager – Barclays Corporate Banking

I have over 6 years experience as a banker for Barclays. My current role involves the relationship management of over 160 established businesses within the Essex area. I provide commercial lending to businesses to assist with working capital, growth plans and new premises acquisitions. I have a track record of winning new clients from competitors through strong relationship building, understanding local markets and an ability to understand my client’s individual business needs.

I provide Business development through establishing and highlighting key areas such as future planning, international trade and the utilisation of digital marketing. I take pride in educating new and existing clients on different digital business solutions to help them make the most of the technological developments in banking and I guide them on most effective ways to stay safe and retain their vigilance when using digital mediums. With the continuous growth of financial crime many stakeholders rely on me to keep their commercial interests protected from financial fraudsters. It is a role I take very seriously.

Colin Tankard

Colin Tankard is the Managing Director at Digital Pathways and has over 30 years of experience within the IT industry.

He has established a number of US data security companies within the European market such as: Axent, Symantec, Whittman Hart, Aventail Europe, Delta Computer Systems and Vormetric.

Colin takes a business approach to data security and strives to ensure the technology meets the compliance or regulatory needs but not at the cost of business efficiency. By taking a practical approach the outcome is more cost effective to the client and the data better secured as the company as a whole uses the technology efficiently rather than fight against it.

Digital Pathways was formed in 1996 and was one of the early pioneers in the remote access market place, addressing the growing need for home working and secure access to company networks. Today Colin has built Digital Pathways into a specialist organisation focusing on encryption and addressing the ‘Insider Threat’. His articles on the data security landscape are widely published in leading business and security magazines and he speaks at many seminars on all aspects of cyber security.