The RANT Conference 2017

6th July 2017


The fifth annual RANT Conference will be held on Thursday 6th July 2017 at The De Vere Canary Wharf. Registration is now open. To sign up to our mailing list, and be notified as soon as all our events open, please email us on


Just like the long-running London and Manchester RANT Forums, The RANT Conference packs all the best bits into one full day. The Information Security and Cyber Security community are guaranteed a day full of enlightening, debate lead discussions on the most interesting, disruptive and controversial cyber security topics, all under the Chatham House Rule. The RANT style is characterised by a high level of interaction between our speakers and the audience, frank personal opinions and experience sharing.  We source only the most passionate, fervent and thought-leading speakers, innovators and evangelists from inside and outside the industry.  Of course, we also like to have a beer and a chat with the Infosec community and so networking will always plays a key part in all our events. The annual RANT Conference  provides a day packed full of just this, but replace the beer with coffee for the first couple of hours at least.

The fifth annual RANT Conference will have just 200 delegate spaces.  As most tickets for the past conferences were taken up very quickly, we recommend that you register as soon as possible.

Who Attends?

The RANT Events are for Information Security Managers, Directors, CISO’s and other senior information security and risk professionals who work within End User organisations.


The RANT Conference 2017

  • 9:00am - 10:00am

    Plenty of time for a relaxed breakfast, an important coffee and a quick flick through your critical business email Twitter. It’s also a perfect time to meet and catch up with, your colleagues, new RANT members, our wonderful sponsors (to whom we are very grateful), and the exciting speakers.

  • 9:00am - 10:00am
    Workshop 1 – Building a Security Awareness Culture

    An interactive workshop on building a secure culture and changing behaviour, hosted by Threat Ready Resources with special guest Geordie Stewart

  • 10:00am - 10:05am
    Welcome to RANT

    The key to a good RANT is in the name. Roll up your sleeves and grab this opportunity to enjoy a full day of rants, discussions, debates and talks that are all open to audience input, challenge sharing, opinions and occasional heckles

  • 10:05am - 10:10am
    Chair Open & Welcome
  • 10:10am - 10:45am
    ‘Telling the truth is a revolutionary act’ George Orwell

    “The important thing to remember about security systems” remarks Simon Moores “isn’t how they work but how they fail.” and whether this persistent catalogue of failure can be reversed, is a question Simon will be asking.

    Is there really a blueprint for enterprise security management or do we need to finally accept that business can never be equipped with the tools to manage cyber risks with the same level of confidence that they manage other risks?

    The very way we understand the model we use to predict threats is changing and both cybersecurity industry and business alike have come to realise that early detection after a breach, followed by rapid containment and mitigation efforts, in a careful, step by step fashion, are absolutely essential to avoid a compromise from becoming a catastrophe.

    Simon will be asking these and other provocative questions during his presentation. Is AI being dramatically oversold? Is AV the equivalent of a lucky charm? Are there any truly encouraging answers to what appears to be an insoluble problem?

    Come and listen or to quote the novelist, Ray Bradbury who was once asked “Are you trying to predict the future?” Hell No” he replied. I’m trying to prevent it.

  • 10:45am - 11:30am
    Who's Ready for GDPR?

    Have four letters ever created such fear and frantic activity? Well… yes. But the often quoted threat of a €20m/4% of an organisation’s annual turnover as a fine for non-compliance has definitely created a feverish atmosphere as businesses of all sizes struggle to plan for the changes.

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm
  • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
    The Future of Cyber - Soapbox Style

    Arthur Keleti: “Humans and their secrets – a seemingly impossible challenge for our cybersecurity”

    James Dowell:  “Won’t Someone Please Think of the DNS?”

  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
    Cyber Soapbox

    Quentyn Taylor:  Just whose side are we all on?

    James Hadley:  Skills over Certs: why we should throw security certificates in the bin

    Ian Trump:  Security: Less Sith Lord more DeadPool.  A brief Rant on the culture of security anger. Is it because the perception of “everything is fine” means the organization is one step away from doom?


  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
    The Art of Red Teaming

    I’m sure we’d all fancy pretending to be in Mission Impossible.

    Would you be happy taking advantage of both card skimmers and humanity’s better nature to legally infiltrate supposedly secure building and systems?

    For some that’s just their day job….This session will focus on the undeniably cool war stories, methods and activities of Red Team professionals at work.

  • 2:40pm - 3:10pm
    Cyber Soapbox

    Nick Green:  F U GDPR

    Geordie Stewart:  Rumour has IT – fake news and cyber security

    John Holt:   Skeletons in the Closet:  From Struts 2 to WannaCry, 3rd Party Code is Supposed to Make Development Easier, but Hidden Flaws Can Make Your Life Miserable

  • 3:10pm - 4:00pm
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
    AI/Machine Learning

    The field of artificial intelligence was founded on the claim that human intelligence “can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it”. In the world of security, both AI and Machine learning has become the sexy new buzzword used to highlight just how well advanced algorithms and processes can complement security functions. Though critics point towards the implications on us humans and dalliance with the high cost of implementation and upkeep.

    This session will bring together four celebrated experts to walk us through the ins and outs of the alleged dawn of the age of security automation.

  • 4:45pm - 4:50pm
    Beer Bucket Break

    Nominate a member of your table to collect an ice bucket full of interesting craft beers to enjoy with the next light-hearted RANT session.

  • 4:50pm - 5:30pm
    Room 101

    Our trusty RANTers talk about what is really bothering them, and then cast it into oblivion in RANT’s very own Room 101. Hosted by Jim Shields

  • 5:30pm - 5:35pm
    Chair Close & Thanks
  • 5:40pm - 9:30pm
    Networking Reception Drinks


De Vere Canary Wharf

1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD

View venue website

Are you interested in sponsoring?

Contact Tom Odams, Head of Sales, on or 020 3874 1568 to discuss your requirements and tailor your sponsorship package.


These events are key to keeping awareness of what issues my peers are experiencing and the focus for discussion and delivery.

Adam Saunders, Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd

A true networking event which inspires and educates in equal measures.

Andrew Rice