Day One - 10th November



Sophos will be our keynote speaker for Day One of Optimise IT 2020. Sophos makes IT security simple with next-generation solutions that protect networks, servers, and devices, wherever they are.

“Sophos is very happy to once again be a headline sponsor at Optimise IT 2020. We are excited to work with eacs to showcase our expertise and cybersecurity portfolio to the eacs customer base and wider audience. With the challenges businesses have been facing over recent months, Optimise IT 2020 will be the perfect opportunity for delegates to ask the experts those questions that are keeping them awake at night - all from the comfort of their office or home.”

Every week, ransomware makes the headlines as yet another organisation is hit by a devastating attack. But behind the headlines is a deeper story. With growing calls to lawmakers to make it illegal to pay criminal's ransoms, it is essential that organizations of every shape and size understand how to address this critical and omnipresent risk. In this session, you will learn:

  • The evolution of ransomware
  • Why so many organisations fall victim
  • The anatomy of a ransomware attack
  • How to effectively defend, detect, and respond to ransomware

Speaker: Greg Iddon, Sophos Senior Cybersecurity Specialist
Greg is a strategist in the Sophos Technology Office and a manager for Sophos Managed Threat Response. Driven by a desire to make the digital world a safer place, Greg has a passion for cybersecurity that has consumed the past 15 years of his life.
A rampant, idiosyncratic nerd with a thoroughly 'British' sense of humour, Greg strongly believes that the complexities of computing and security can be made accessible, entertaining, and compelling to the masses, and takes every opportunity to share his passion with anyone who wishes to listen.


Day Two - 11th November


NetApp – The Cloud Data Specialist

In a world full of generalists, NetApp is a specialist. We’re focused on one thing, helping your business get the most out of your data. NetApp brings the enterprise-grade data services you rely on into the cloud, and the simple flexibility of cloud into the data centre. Our industry-leading solutions work across diverse customer environments and the world’s biggest public clouds.

As a cloud-led, data-centric software company, only NetApp can help build your unique data fabric, simplify and connect your cloud, and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere.


Matt Dawson

We are delighted to announce that our end of day keynote speaker for Optimise IT 2020 on 11th November at 3pm, is the enigmatic MATT DAWSON.

With a career CV that is impressive to say the least, he has graced the screens of the UK becoming a household name. From well-known rugby player to a national TV personality. Matt was part of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning team; achieving 77 caps making him England's most capped scrum-half and is also Team Captain on BBC1’s much-loved ‘A Question of Sport’. Charismatic and entertaining, Matt brings the world of sport to the corporate speaking circuit as an after-dinner host drawing on his experience and drawing on anecdotes from a career of international sporting success, TV stardom, dancing fame (he was Runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing), and an ascending culinary reputation.

Matt promises to be insightful and entertaining in equal measure as he shares some of his anecdotes from sport, lessons in leadership and anything else he cares to share with us on the day.


Day Three - 12th November


Microsoft - Igniting immediate digital innovation with Microsofts Power Platform

Microsoft's experts will be on hand to talk about the power of the Power Platform, and in partnership with our brand new Apps & Data service team can start you on your journey towards managing and using your data more intelligently.

Join Microsoft Technical Architect Chris Huntingford for this session where he will explain how to ignite and energise your organisations digital transformation processes by leveraging Microsofts Power Platform. Learn how to rapidly & practically solve business problems with these amazing digital building bricks.


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