At teiss we are working hard to ensure that the voices you see at our events and shows are diverse aiming to showcase the best talent in cyber security from male, female as well as from BAME communities. We know that there Is a long way to go in this regard but we are committed to playing our part in increasing diversity. 

Allan Alford


Allan is the Delivery CISO at NTT Data Services, formerly CISO at Mitel, Forcepoint and at Polycom. In his CISO roles Alford has managed enterprise security as well as compliance with various frameworks such as GDPR, NIST SP800-171 and ISO 27001.

With more than 30 years of IT and Engineering security experience, Allan has a strong product and cloud security background, having served at Pearson as Product Information Security Officer (PISO), supervising the security of a massive-scale company-wide cloud transformation program, and Polycom where he built and managed the product security program, integrating it fully into the business.

James Hamon

Chief Information Security Officer
Financial Ombudsman Service

A highly motivated professional with over 18 years experience in both the public and private sector. Extensive information security experience at both a strategic and technical level. Experience of working in multiple jurisdictions including across Europe and Asia. Proven knowledge of risk management, disaster recovery and business continuity planning. Strong analytical, strategic and technical skills are combined with the ability to communicate and build relationships at all levels ensuring effective stakeholder engagement and third party vendor management.

Naina Bhattacharya

Chief Information Security Officer

Naina is the Chief Information Security Officer at Danone where she is responsible for delivering the cybersecurity vision and roadmap for the company working alongside her colleagues from IT, Operations (including factories), R&I, Finance, Strategy and HR, among others. She believes that being a business partner and making cybersecurity relevant for the business is one of the most important facets of her job.

She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, co-leading on the topic for the 1000+ information technology team at Danone. She has previously co-founded a Women in Cyber initiative at a global Big 4 firm and headed up cybersecurity diversity and inclusion for EMEA at another. Most recently she has won a Financial Times and 30% club essay competition for a fully funded place at Henley Business School's MBA programme.

Ben Aung

Executive Vice President & Global Chief Information Security Officer

Ben joined Sage Group as Global CISO in 2018, after 16 years in the UK public sector. Sage is the UK’s largest technology company and the world’s leading provider of integrated accounting, payroll and payments systems to entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses. As the functional leader for Sage’s global information and cyber security organisation, Ben is accountable for the design and execution of the Group’s cyber security strategy. He has overall responsibility for the security of Sage’s global technology estate and customer-facing products and services for over 2 million customers in 23 countries. This includes market-leading cloud products for Europe, the Americas and AMEA, built on the AWS, Azure and Salesforce platforms.

Following a career in national security, Ben left public service as Deputy Government Chief Security Officer, based in the Cabinet Office. Ben was responsible for all aspects of protective security policy and coordination across 48 government departments and over 400,000 civil servants. Ben’s remit included cyber security, personnel security, counterterrorism, counter espionage and investigation of major breaches, including contravention of the Official Secrets Act. While in government Ben worked within UK’s crisis response apparatus (COBR) and was involved in numerous national incidents, including the 2017 WannaCry outbreak.

Deborah Haworth

Chief Information Security Officer
Penguin Random House

With twenty years an information security professional, Deborah has been at the sharp end of changing attitudes to this discipline. With experience across multiple industries, and a gift for telling it how it is, Deborah celebrates the highs, revels in lessons learned and is not afraid to face the pain points of 2020/21 to date.

Deborah is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager, Fellow of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Professional specialising in Information Security Management; Security Governance; Risk Management; Policy and Compliance; Cyber Defence and Response; Crisis Management; Operational Effectiveness; Complex Problem Solving; Motivation and Leadership.

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