2017 Keynote Speakers

Alan Pearce - Journalist, broadcaster and author specializing in cyber-security and digital counter-surveillance.

With over 30 years’ experience in journalism, Alan has written for Time magazine, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph and others, in addition to Sky News and various BBC outlets.

He has covered conflicts from the Khmer Rouge to the Taliban and was injured covering the fall of Kabul in 1996 while working as the BBC’s Afghanistan Correspondent.

For several years he edited the International Press Institute’s “World Press Freedom Review”.

Alan specializes in training media professionals in all aspects of cyber-security and digital counter-surveillance.



Nicole Eagan - CEO at DARKTRACE

As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has positioned the company as an international leader in cyber defense. Nicole was named ‘Woman of the Year’ at the 2016 Cyber Security Awards for successfully introducing disruptive machine learning technology to the global market. Her extensive career as a technology executive includes over 25 years of commercial and marketing experience. An expert in developing and executing strategies for high-growth businesses, Nicole helped Darktrace secure $75 million in Series D funding from Insight Venture Partners, KKR and Summit Partners and led the company to $200 million in contract value. Under her leadership, Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won over 80 awards, including World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and Cambridge, England and now has more than 500 employees working across 24 countries.