UC EXPO unveils opening keynote speakers for 2018 event

UC EXPO unveils opening keynote speakers for 2018 event
Social engineering expert Christopher Hadnagy and Snorre Kjesbu of Cisco will open this years’ event

Elly Yates-Roberts |

UC EXPO has unveiled that Snorre Kjesbu, vice president of Cisco Collaboration Endpoints Technology Group, and social engineering expert Christopher Hadnagy will be the opening keynote speakers at this year’s event.

One of Europe’s largest unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) events, UC EXPO will kick off with a speech from Kjesbu, who will discuss how new UC&C technologies can help organisations accelerate productivity, enable better decision making and build trust in a rapidly changing market.

As UC&C technology evolves, so do the security risks to organisations making the line between greater security and greater collaboration more significant. Hadnagy will open day two of the event with a talk on how organisations can strike the right balance between security and collaboration.

Hadnagy will also explain why social engineering is a threat and play recordings of where he’s been able to gain access to companies’ data simply by using a phone.

“At UC EXPO we’ve always strived to provide attendees with access to the most innovative and informed individuals in their respective fields, in order to ensure attendees get the most holistic view of unified communications and collaboration possible,” said Bradley Maule-ffinch, EMEA portfolio director for UC EXPO. “By bringing cyber security to the keynote stage at UC EXPO, with Christopher Hadnagy, attendees will be able to get insight very few people in the world have, into how hackers are going beyond the traditional realms of cyber security with social engineering. As collaboration tools advance, its cyber security understanding like this which will separate those who adopt smarter collaboration successful from those who don’t.”

Other industry speakers at the event include Ric Harvey, technical developer evangelist at Amazon Web Services; Kim Wylie, head of customer change and transformation at Google Cloud; Nicola Millard, head of customer insight and futures at BT Global Services Innovation Team and Mark Davies, cloud services director at Westcoast.

Also speaking will be by Praful Shah, chief strategy officer at RingCentral; Pat Richard, principal Microsoft UC architect at VOSS Solutions and Blair Pleasant, president and principal analyst at COMMfusion.

UC EXPO will take place 16-17 May 2018 at ExCeL London, London, UK.

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