Infosecurity Europe, Europe’s no.1 information security event, is delighted to announce cyber security expert James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at the security firm Sophos, will be inducted into the event’s Hall of Fame for 2018. The Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to recognise and celebrate internationally recognised information security visionaries, luminaries, practitioners, advocates and thought-leaders.

James Lyne’s inclusion in Infosecurity Europe’s Hall of Fame acknowledges his wide-ranging technical expertise, as well as his work championing the cybersecurity industry. The award also recognises James Lyne’s commitment to educating those outside the industry on security threats and best practice – using live demonstrations to show how cyber criminals operate in the real world – as well as making cybersecurity more accessible to the general public.

A self-professed ‘massive geek’, James Lyne has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. He has worked with many organizations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor. He is a certified instructor at the SANS institute and often a headline presenter at industry conferences. As an industry spokesperson, James Lyne regularly participates in initiatives to identify and develop new talent. He has given multiple TED talks, including at the main TED event, and has appeared on a long list of national TV programmes including CNN, NBC, BBC News and Bill Maher.

James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research, Sophos, said: “Throughout my career I have had the pleasure of working with lots of brilliant security professionals, at Sophos, SANS and Helical Levity and across the industry as a whole. Companies like these have built the processes, technologies and knowledge that are the cornerstone of our industry. I have made lots of mistakes, but along the way I hope that I have raised the profile of some of the important security issues that impact all of us. I am most proud of initiatives like CyberStart and the Cyber Academies which are all about building the next generation of much needed security professionals, from school age up to career changers. I am thrilled to see their impact so far in helping us build a more secure world and excited to see where they will lead us next.

Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director, Infosecurity Europe, said: “James Lyne is one of cybersecurity’s brightest stars and a superb ambassador, whose work has had significant impact on the industry. This award is in recognition of the tremendous contribution James has made to the sector in raising awareness and championing the sector, as well as in education and recruitment. We very much look forward to welcoming James to Infosecurity Europe, hearing his views and formally acknowledging his stellar work and campaigns.

James Lyne will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at Infosecurity Europe on Thursday 7 June when he will be in conversation with Eleanor Dallaway, Editor & Publisher of Infosecurity Magazine. He will also be speaking in a panel discussion – Cyber Risks, Threats & Vulnerabilities & How to Defend Against Them – on Wednesday 6 June. Both events will take place on the Keynote Stage, Olympia Conference Centre.

To be included in the Hall of Fame, inductees need to have made a clear and long-term contribution to the advancement of information security; have provided intellectual or practical input that has contributed to and accelerated the advancement of information security and demonstrated creativity and original thinking in information security. Professor Mary Aiken was inducted in to the Hall of Fame in 2017 and the full list of Hall of Fame alumni is below.

Author: Yash Hirani

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