This seminar is focused on how cyber and information security is conducted within BT.

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Please note: Rob Partridge's talk was held under the Chatham House Rule and is not included in the presentation.


13:00 - 13:30 Registration and networking opportunity
13:30 - 13:40 Introductions: Rob Wilson (BT) & Steve Sands (Acting Chair)
13:40 - 14:10 Speaker: Dave Harcourt - “Secure by Design”
14:10 - 14:40 Rob Partridge - “The Changing Face of Penetration Testing”
14:40 - 15:00 Coffee
15:00 - 15:30 Speaker: Bob Sleigh - “Agile Ways of Working Securely”
15:30 - 16:00 Speaker: James Bowling - “Privacy in Telecoms World”
16:00 - 16:20 Panel Discussion
16:20 - 16:30 Closing - BCS ISSG Chair and BT Cyber & Information Security, Technical Security Director

This event is followed by the BCS ISSG AGM please book separately for this event.


This seminar is focused on how cyber and information security is conducted within BT. The event focuses on Secure by Design, Secure Agile Ways of working, the changing facing of penetration security and a look at privacy in the telecom’s world.

Dave will cover methodology of Secure by Design, Bob will highlight working in an agile security way within a Security Guild. Agile takes design and development effort from the front of the Waterfall and redistributes it across an iterative, evolving paradigm - and Secure by Design practices must necessarily follow. These changes present new challenges and concerns to the security ecosystem. In true agile style, we won’t know the answers upfront, but we will visit a few ideas intended to provoke thought, and hopefully discussion, about how Security Assurance can move from policing to empowering our business.

Rob will talk about ways that offensive security has had to adapt and change in order to remain relevant and realistic, when organisations face modern day threats – often having to use dynamic and sometimes unorthodox methodologies. James will be talking about the data privacy-related legal issues to be considered in the development of new security projects and services, and will also discuss some of the forthcoming legal developments which will impact this area.

This one-day seminar is jointly arranged by the British Computer Society (BCS) Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG) and BT Cyber and Information Security (CIS).

About the speakers

Headline speaker: Dave Harcourt - Technical Security Director, Cyber and Information Security, BT

Bob Sleigh - Transformation Specialist, Cyber and Information Security, BT
Bob Sleigh is a strategic transformation champion and innovative problem solver, leveraging a growth mindset, a lifelong love of learning and experience gained during a career spanning mobile, telecoms, finance, retail, manufacturing and service sectors. Currently with BT, Bob is a member of the Shadow Leadership Team within Cyber and Information Security , a strategic transformation consultant in the security architecture, design and consultancy area and a thought leader in the Agile Security space.

Rob Partridge - BT’s Head of Commercial Development for Offensive Security
Rob is a well-known UK Security industry Learning and Development professional. Rob created the BT Security Academy in 2012, and joined BT’s penetration testing team in 2017. He’s often quoted in the UK national press on cyber issues, and regarding issues like the cyber skills gap and high unemployment rates in computer science. Rob is also keenly involved in ensuring neurodiversity is embraced within the profession. Rob is also a fire fighter with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service and a member of BT’s Emergency Response Team. In his spare time enjoys running half marathons, competing in triathlons and, more peacefully, scuba diving.

James Bowling - Privacy Lawyer, BT
James Bowling is a senior lawyer in BT’s Data Privacy and Ethics function, focusing on the area of government investigatory powers, and legal issues relating to BT’s security and security products. Prior to joining BT he was a military lawyer and subsequently worked for the Government Legal Department specialising in national security and counter-terrorism litigation. His work in this area has included the legal challenges brought by Privacy International and others to “hacking” and use of bulk datasets by government agencies following the Edward Snowden disclosures, and disclosure work on the 7/7 Inquest. He has extensive experience of data protection and privacy-related issues in the area of security. He is a member of the Society for Computers and Law and also has an interest in computer forensics, in which he recently completed a Master’s degree.

Our events are for adults aged 16 years and over.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

This event is brought to you by: BCS Information Security specialist group (ISSG)

BT ISSG Security Day (Hybrid)
Date and time
Wednesday 8 December, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Three Snowhill
Snowhill Queensway
B4 6WR
United Kingdom
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