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Banking and Capital Markets, Telecoms, Media and Technology, Finance

FT Protecting Banks in Cyberspace 2017

Defend, Detect, Respond

London |
Speakers include:
Robert  Hannigan

Robert Hannigan

BlueVoyant International

Heli  Tiirmaa‐Klaar

Heli Tiirmaa‐Klaar

European External Action Service

Simona Fionda

Simona Fionda

Financial Services Compensation Scheme


What are the biggest threats facing banks in cyberspace? Where do they come from? And what should you be doing to manage them? Join bankers, regulators, security consultants, information technology specialists, lawyers and government officials at this lively and informative half-day event to find out. 

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Full Overview

Cyber attacks on banks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated. In the worst reported cases millions of pounds has been stolen, or data on thousands of customers has been compromised. Even when no money or information is lost, the legal, regulatory and reputational consequences can be serious. The cyber breach at credit-reporting company Equifax and the Petya attack on numerous organisations in more than 60 countries are just two of many recent incidents that have set alarm bells ringing at bank HQs.

This half-day event will bring together bankers, regulators, security consultants, information technology specialists, lawyers and government officials to discuss the threats facing banks in cyberspace. It will identify some of the biggest risks, where they come from and what banks should be doing to manage them.

Specific discussion points will include the development of innovative technology and stricter procedures to improve security; the role of the board of directors and executive committee; the regulatory dimension, including EU legislation coming into effect next year forcing companies to secure their computer networks and protect their data; and how the banking industry is working collectively to secure the financial eco-system.

Moderated by Financial Times journalists, FT Protecting Banks in Cyberspace promises to be a lively and informative event, with ample opportunity for networking and engaging with speakers. If cyber security is within your area of responsibility, this is an event you cannot afford to miss.


Speakers (9)

Robert  Hannigan

Robert Hannigan

BlueVoyant International

Robert Hannigan was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence and cyber security agency, from 2014-17 and recently retired from Government after 20 years in national security roles, including Prime Minister’s Security Adviser. Robert established the UK National Cyber Security Centre in 2016, and was responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. Robert is now Chairman of BlueVoyant International, a global cyber security services company, and a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Co. He Chairs the Industry Advisory Board of LORCA, a UK Government backed accelerator for cyber security start-ups. He is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard, Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and RUSI, London, and Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. He writes regularly on cyber issues in the Financial Times and other publications.

Heli  Tiirmaa‐Klaar

Heli Tiirmaa‐Klaar

Head of Cyber Policy Co‐ordination
European External Action Service

Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar is currently a Head of Cyber Policy Coordination at the European External Action Service, the EU’s diplomatic service. She has been working on cyber security issues since 2007 when she led the development of the Estonian Cyber Security Strategy. In 2008-2010 she coordinated the implementation of the Estonian strategy, managed the National Cyber Security Council and led the development of Estonia’s National Cyber System as well as public-private partnerships for cyber security. In 2011-2012 she was assigned to the NATO International Staff to develop the new NATO Cyber Defence Policy. Earlier in her career she held various managerial positions at the Estonian Ministry of Defence and Tallinn University.

Simona Fionda

Simona Fionda

Head of Risk
Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Simona Fionda is Head of Risk at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), the fund of last resort that protects consumers when regulated financial services firms fail. She is responsible for the oversight of all risk types and the interaction with both executives and non-executives. Prior to joining FSCS she was Head of Operational Risk at Metro Bank where she was responsible for Operational Risk, and Cyber and Information Security, including liaison with professional and industry bodies. Ms Fionda began her banking career at Barclays where she spent over 13 years in roles as varied as operations, marketing, project management, audit and risk management, including global risk system implementation and management information definition. She is a certified risk management professional and a member of the Professional Standards & Certification Committee at the Institute of Risk Management. In addition to her risk management qualifications, she holds qualifications in internal audit, project management and change management.

Royce Curtin

Royce Curtin

Managing Director, Group Intelligence

Royce Curtin joined Barclays in January 2017 as its new Managing Director of Group Intelligence. He leads the bank’s global Intelligence capability as part of its expanded Chief Security Office vision and service structure. He joined Barclays following a 27-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US military. His extensive leadership experience most recently includes his role as the FBI Deputy Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement and FBI Senior Advisor to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.Mr Curtin brings leadership expertise in crisis management, strategic intelligence, national security, special operations, and multinational intelligence platforms delivering high-impact, innovative customer and business performance solutions.

Vincent Di Giambattista

Vincent Di Giambattista

Chief Information Security Officer

Vincent Di Giambattista is the Chief Information Security Officer for LCH, the London clearing house for exchange-traded and OTC securities. For the last 20 years he has been a senior security and risk leader working in different countries in various industries including e-commerce, retail, government, financial services, and banking. Mr Di Giambattista has set the direction of security strategies and associated plans and budgets within various organisations, defining operating models and building teams and practices to facilitate timely execution. He has successfully deployed large scale, international, complex projects including technical, functional and organisational solutions in alignment with the board’s risk appetite.

Vincent  Gilbert

Vincent Gilbert

Head of Cyber Security, EMEA, Global Banking & Investor Solutions
Societe Generale

Vincent Gilbert is the Head of Cyber Security, EMEA, in the Global Banking & Investor Solutions (GBIS) division of Societe Generale. He started in 2008 as a security consultant in an information security company called Cyber Networks before joining Societe Generale in 2010.
In 2011 he began heading the team in charge of functional and technical risk assessments before being appointed in 2014 as head of the Identity & Access Management for GBIS. In this current role, Mr Gilbert is responsible for protecting the bank from cyber threats and information security related frauds. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Security Management from Concordia University of Edmonton in Canada.

Stephen Gilderdale

Stephen Gilderdale

Chief Platform Officer and Global Lead for SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme

Stephen Gilderdale is Chief Platform Officer as well as being the global lead for the organisation’s Customer Security Programme. Prior to his current role, he led SWIFT’s Shared Services business lines and was a key contributor to the development of the organisation’s 2020 strategy. He has over 20 years’ experience across a number of operations, technology and business development roles and, prior to SWIFT, held a senior management position at a top five consulting firm. He has worked at a variety of financial institutions across Europe, including securities marketplaces, banks and card operators. 

Rolf Riemenschnitter

Rolf Riemenschnitter

Senior Advisor
McKinsey & Company

Rolf Riemenschnitter is a cyber leader in McKinsey & Company's global risk practice, based in the Frankfurt office. In addition to cyber, his functional specialties include transformation management, digitisation and data privacy. Mr Riemenschnitter worked for 19 years at Deutsche Bank in various leadership roles within IT and HR. While at the bank he successfully implemented and led the first Group-wide Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) organisation. He has worked in leading global organisations in Frankfurt, New York, London and Bangalore. He has a degree in commercial information technology from the University of Koblenz-Landau, which he earned with honours.

Senior Official

Senior Official

National Cyber Security Centre

Chair and Moderator (2)

Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Patrick Jenkins is Deputy Editor at the Financial Times.  He was formerly Financial Editor and Assistant Editor at the Financial Times since 2014. In that role, he shaped the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment, working closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team, contributing to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.

Previously, Mr Jenkins was Banking Editor from 2009 until 2014, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Prior to this he was Companies Editor, and before that Editor of International Company News. Prior to taking up this post, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt Correspondent for the FT. He joined the FT Group in 1996 editing the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming a UK companies reporter in 2000.

Michael Imeson

Michael Imeson

Senior Content Editor
Financial Times Live | Global Conferences & Events

Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, the FT’s conference division, where he organises and chairs conferences, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker magazine, which is part of the FT. He also owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency providing services to a range of organisations. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Chartered MCSI); an Advisory Board Member of the European Risk Management Council; and a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication (MIIC). He has written and edited several books including Dangers in E-BankingThe Future of the Building Society Movement, and Finance for Growth. He studied at the London School of Economics for an MPhil in Government and at the University of Bradford for a BSc in History and Literature.

Agenda - 28th Nov

  • 8:15am
    Registration and breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Conference chair’s opening remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Keynote speech

    Senior Official, National Cyber Security Centre

  • 9:30am
    Panel-framing presentation: Banks under attack

    David Chinn, Senior Partner, McKinsey and Company

  • 9:40am
    Panel discussion: Banks under constant attack – identifying the cyber security risks and dealing with them

    Banks are probably the biggest target for cyber attackers. Fraud, identity theft, account takeovers and service disruption are causing major problems for banks and their customers, and things will only get worse as banks increasingly digitise their operations and hackers become more sophisticated. Data thefts from financial services companies jumped nearly 25% last year, according to incidents reported to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

    • Banks have been increasing their investment in technology controls – how effective have these been and what needs to be done differently?
    • What are banks doing about the human factor since every customer, employee and supplier could potentially be the source of a cyber attack?
    • How are banks breaking down internal silos across business, information security, technology, risk, fraud operations and other departments when it comes to cyber risk? What should an integrated operating model look like?
    • What is being done, or should be done, to improve information sharing across the banking sector to mitigate cyber risks?
    • Will a growing rule-book truly improve security, or will its complexity and prescriptiveness make it a hindrance?
    • How, if at all, should the roles of the board of directors and executive committee change as cyber threats become more prevalent and sophisticated?

    Simona Fionda, Head of Risk, Financial Services Compensation Scheme

    Vincent Gilbert, Head of Cyber Security, EMEA, Global Banking and Investor Solutions, Societe Generale

    Robert Hannigan, Special Adviser on Cyber Security, Hiscox UK and Ireland, and former Director, GCHQ

    Rolf Riemenschnitter, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

    Moderator: Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:30am
    Networking break
  • 10:50am
    Panel-framing presentation: Securing the financial eco-system

    Stephen Gilderdale, Chief Platform Officer and Global Lead for SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme, SWIFT

  • 11:00am
    Panel discussion: Securing the financial eco-system

    Protecting individual banks is one thing. But the ultimate goal should be to protect the entire financial system. Banks with the best defences will certainly be safer, but repelled attacks will only be deflected to others that are less well protected. Hackers will always find the weakest links, which is why banks are working together and with government agencies  to develop comprehensive approaches to a shared problem.

    • What co-ordinated steps have been taken to date, and what further steps could be taken, by banks to protect themselves and their counterparties from attack?
    • Breach response: even the best defences have their vulnerabilities and are likely to fail at some point. So how is the banking sector working cooperatively to improve response management? How do you ensure that all relevant departments are included?
    • SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme launched last year is helping banks defend against cyber threats by, among other things, establishing an industry-wide security controls framework for use by all SWIFT members. What has it achieved to date, and what further developments are in store?

    Royce Curtin, Managing Director, Group Intelligence, Barclays

    Vincent Di Giambattista, Chief Information Security Office, LCH

    Stephen Gilderdale, Chief Platform Officer and Global Lead for SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme, SWIFT

    Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Head of Cyber Policy Co-ordination, European External Action Service

    Moderator: Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, and Senior Content Editor, FT Live

  • 11:50am
    Conference chair’s closing remarks

    Patrick Jenkins, Financial Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
    Conference ends

Why Attend

  • Learn the latest on the cyber threats that are impacting banks and how to manage them
  • Hear about new legislation that will require companies to secure their computer networks and protect their data
  • Find out what steps are being taken to protect financial institutions from outside threats
  • Discover what to do should security be breached
  • Network with senior banking executives, as well as leading cyber-security experts to explore how the industry should work collectively to secure the financial eco-system. 

Who Attends

This half-day event will bring together senior representatives from bank as well as regulators, security consultants, information technology specialists, lawyers and government officials.
Attendance is by invitation only. Applicants will be considered subject to availability of seats and meeting the above criteria.


Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 100 locations in over 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organization to shape winning strategies, mobilize for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution

Strategic Partner (1)

SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative and the world's leading provider of secure financial messaging services. Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way. As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies. Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT's international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT's global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.


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