Gary Hibberd is a Cyber Security Expert, with over 20 years experience in technology, Data Protection and Cybersecurity.
He is now ‘The Professor of Communicating Cyber’ for the Cyberfort Group. A group of companies providing end-to-end Cyber Security services, which include Data Protection and Cybersecurity consultancy.
Gary started his career back in 1985, when he wanted to become a Hacker(!). Since then he has worked in all areas as a programmer through to Ethical Hacker to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
He is a published author and international speaker on topics ranging from the Dark web through to Cyber Psychology, Cybercrime and social impact of Social media on well being.
He is a qualified Information Security & Business Continuity professional and regular contributor to government initiatives on cyber security and counter terrorism initiatives.
Prior to joining Cyberfort, Gary has held the following positions:
- Managing Director – Agenci Cybersecurity Consultants
- Business Continuity & Information Security at LateRooms.com
- Head of Risk & Information Security at Irwin Mitchell
- Head of Business Continuity & Op Risk at GE Money Bank
Gary is a member of CENTRIC, which is a UK Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism Research Board, who advise at a UK and European level on these topics. He is also a trusted advisor of ‘Privacy4’, a standard for Therapists which helps to educate Therapists on the appropriate Cybersecurity and Data protection measures they need to take.
He is also on the Board of Trustees, for the “Gamers Beat Cancer” charity, which seeks to put games consoles into hospitals and patients’ homes, of those recovering or going through cancer treatment. Gary’s involvement in the charity comes from his extensive knowledge of the positive effect gaming can have on mental health.
In recognition of his work in raising the awareness of Cyber related issues, in an engaging and thought-provoking way, Gary was shortlisted in 2016, 2017 and 2019 in the UK ‘Cyber Security Awards’, for the ‘Cyber Personality of the Year’ .
Gary has appeared in print by authoring or contributing to the following books:
- The Business Continuity Toolkit
- Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism Investigators Handbook
- The Definitive Guide to Business Continuity
- The Dummies Guide to Business Continuity Management
Gary is a regular speaker and writer on the topic of Cyber Security and Business Continuity.
As a keynote speaker, Gary demonstrates a passion and ability for communicating technical matters which has earned him the title of ‘Professor of Communicating Cyber’.
In October 2015 he was the host for the first Cyber Security Europe event held in Yorkshire, where 170 delegates listened to an array of speakers, expertly managed by Gary. This event has run annually since then, and attracted audiences of more than 250 each time.
His credits also include being asked to speak at major businesses conferences on the topic of Cyber and cyber terrorism.
Speaking topics include:
- Cybercrime and CyberTerrorism – The new Crime Inc.
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly side of Cyberspace.
- What Cyber is doing to us.
- Why cybercriminals are targeting SME’s.
- The Future of Crime.
- War Games.
- You’re the problem – your IT is fine.
Gary recently spoke at a NatWest lead seminar in Leeds which was attended by business customer and senior management across the organisation. He spoke for an hour and made the content informative, interactive and relevant to the audience. Everyone was intrigued to what he was going to say next
Gary spoke at our event in Dubrovnik to an international audience. His clear passion, knowledge and enthusiasm brought our conference to life. After 25yrs of running this event, the feedback was that he was the best speaker we have ever had!
— Worldwide Insurance Network Group (WING)
We are grateful to Gary to agreeing to come to Dubai to speak to our clients about Cyber Security and provide them with his views on our ‘Cyber Universe’. He passionately spoke about our need to work together and his enthusiasm and knowledge made for a captivating presentation. We would like to thank Gary for his wisdom and insight and we will be working with him very soon to help Dubai become not only a Smart City, but a Cybersecure city too.
— Millennium Insurance Brokers