IP EXPO Manchester kicked off in Manchester Central today with a record breaking attendance and a staunch security reminder from keynote speaker Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous hacker.

Mitnick, who was formerly top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list, took to the stage in front of a packed audience, educating attendees on the modern realities of cyber security and social engineering, with live demonstrations of the latest hacking techniques and new cyber threats.

Cyber security education proved to be one of the most popular discussion areas at this year’s show, with additional sessions from Jenny Radcliffe – The People Hacker, Paul J Taylor of Greater Manchester Police, Mark Philips of Malwarebytes, James Burchell of Sophos and Paul Vlissidis of NCC Group all proving to be exceedingly popular with attendees.

Commenting on the opening of IP EXPO Manchester, Bradley Maule-ffinch, Director of Strategy for IP EXPO Manchester, said: “It’s our third year of bringing the IP EXPO series to Manchester and once again we have seen phenomenal turn out from the local technology and business community, truly reflecting Manchester’s thriving technology scene. We look forward to welcoming guests tomorrow for another day of standout speakers.”

Additional highlights from Day One at IP EXPO Manchester, which encompasses technology across six main themes – Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks & Infrastructure, AI, Analytics & IoT, DevOps and Open Source and included James Akrigg of Microsoft, who simplified how to use a mix of technologies to deliver solutions in today’s challenging business environments.
Also Matt McNeill of Google, who shared learnings from the Google team on how they are building for the future as well as a lively panel debate on the future of AI, which brought together Harvey Lewis of Deloitte MCS Limited, Amy Nicholson of Microsoft, Gareth Henman of Co-operative Group and Paul Orchard of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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Day Two of IP EXPO Manchester, which opens tomorrow at 9:30am (Thursday 27th April), promises to be another success for attendees, delivering even more insights into technology for now and in the future and will kick off with a keynote talk from IBM Watson’s Mike Hobday at 10am.


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