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IP EXPO Manchester 2019 ends with a stark reminder: Anyone can be a victim of a scam or cyber-attack

IP EXPO Manchester, co-located at Digital Transformation EXPO, opened for the second day with scam expert Alexis Conran, best known for his appearance in the TV programme Real Hustle.

In his captivating keynote speech, Alexis took to the stage to engage the audience by using real-life examples showcasing just how easy it is to be a victim of a scam – no matter how secure you believe you are.

We live in a world where we are increasingly reliant on technology, in both work and our everyday lives. With this in mind, Conran discussed how the human element is just as important as the technology itself when it comes to digital security, commenting “Tech doesn’t fail, humans do.” 

No matter how secure technology may be, human error means we are always at risk and vulnerable. Conran provided attendees with insight into the psychology behind the scams and the necessary steps needed to protect themselves.

Discussions of cyber security continued throughout the day, with an in-depth panel debate on the future of cyber security, chaired by Dr Daniel Dresner of University of Manchester, it brought together Jenny Williams of North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, Anant Shrivastava of Clarenet, Edward Whittingham of Defence Works and Adam Brady of Illumio.

Commenting on Day Two of the event, Gordon Sockett, senior content manager at IP EXPO Manchester, said: “It’s been another stand out day at IP EXPO Manchester.

“Cybersecurity continued to be a dominant theme throughout the day and we’ve been lucky to have some of the most influential leaders in this space join us to discuss how we can defend and protect ourselves.

“We want to thank all of our exhibitors and speakers at IP EXPO Manchester 2019 who have covered the latest industry issues and trends, from AI and IoT to networks and infrastructure.

“Attendees are now able to walk away with a holistic approach to how technology can drive their business forward.”

Additional highlights from day two at IP EXPO Manchester 2019 include:

  • Digital skills evangelist, Dr Sue Black shared her fascinating tale of how she saved Bletchley Park, including insight into how technology and education can save lives.
  • Ian Pattison of Google discussed the history of the cloud and forecasted future trends we are likely to see in the cloud market over the coming years.
  • Martin Hingley of ITCandor explained why leaving the EU in the way we are could present many opportunities and challenges for consumers and suppliers.
  • Jake Moore of ESET delved into his experience of hacking a police station, as part of an experiment to demonstrate what could be achieved if a targeted attack were to occur.
  • Neil Trevains of Cisco analysed the shift in consumer loyalty from brands to experience, and explained why we must embrace this ‘Perpetual Evolution’ in order to achieve exceptional customer experience.

IP EXPO Manchester returns next year on 25th to 26th March 2020 at Manchester Central. For more information, visit or get involved on Twitter following @IPEXPO or the #IPEXPOManchester hashtag.