Ben Hanson – Keynote Speaker

Senior Security Strategist & Advisor, and a leader in Microsoft's global cybersecurity community

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Specialist Subjects

  • Why Mature Organisations with Smart People Keep Getting Hacked (and what to do about it)
  • AI: The Two Sides of the Coin to Consider: Using AI for Security vs. The Security of AI
  • Which Cybersecurity Threats & Trends Matter Most
  • How to Build a Fulfilling Career in Cybersecurity (and beyond) Without Burning Out
  • The Business Case for "Assume Breach": Responding Effectively to Breaches & Ransomware Attacks
  • Effective Cloud Security & GRC: Microsoft's Lessons Learned from the Trenches
  • What "Zero Trust" Really Means, and Why it Matters
  • Making Risk Management Tangible & Practical for Technologists
  • What "Good" Looks Like in Modern Security


  • English


Ben Hanson creates clarity for the most critically important organisations on the planet. As a Senior Security Strategist and Advisor at Microsoft, he partners with the CSOs and other security leaders at the world’s largest Financial Services institutions, guiding them through the complex interplay between business and security objectives, risk, technology, and cultural transformation. He is a disarmingly transparent, funny, and warm storyteller who challenges the hidden assumptions and biases that inhibit evolution and effectiveness in cybersecurity (and beyond).

He is also a recognised expert in a broad range of security, identity, and cloud technologies. This expertise, combined with his strategy and transformation acumen, makes him a compelling and sought-after thought leader and speaker (SANS, Cloud Security Alliance, British Computing Society, Chartered Institute of Information Security, InfoSec, Recorded Future, Microsoft, and many others). He is able to connect with audiences at every level, from the boardroom to the server room.

A 25-year industry veteran, Ben Hanson’s insights are experiential, not conceptual. He works daily in the trenches with engineers and executives alike, advising leaders in diverse and complex organisations such as HSBC, Barclays, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group, Bank of England, London Stock Exchange, NatWest Group, Elavon, US Bank, GSK, Legal and General, National Grid, and Maersk.

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