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James Lyne is the Director of security research at Sophos, the global security firm responsible for protecting over 100,000 businesses including Pixar, Ford, and Toshiba. A technological virtuoso, Lyne has handled, mitigated, and prevented cyber attacks for some of the biggest and most paranoid organizations in the world.

A TED speaker and highly rated SANS instructor, the cyber sleuth and self professed “geek at heart” tackles cyber security with enthusiasm and a number of hands-on hacking and malware demonstrations that grip audiences from beginning to end, leaving them with a real-life understanding of the precautions they can take to make the virtual part of their lives and businesses a safer place.

Drawing from 10-plus years of research and experience breaking things and then making them better, Lyne goes deep yet manages to carry participants with him the whole way, no matter their level of previous knowledge on the topic.

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James Lyne is global head of security research at the security firm Sophos. He is a self-professed ‘massive geek’ and has technical expertise spanning a variety of the security domains from forensics to offensive security. Lyne has worked with many organisations on security strategy, handled a number of severe incidents and is a frequent industry advisor. He is a certified instructor at the SANS institute and often a headline presenter at industry conferences.

Lyne is a big believer that one of the biggest problems of security is making it accessible and interesting to those outside the security industry. As a result, he takes every opportunity to educate on security threats and best practice always featuring live demonstrations and showing how the cyber criminals do it.

Lyne has given multiple TED talks, including at the main TED event. He’s also appeared on a long list of national TV programs to educate the public including CNN, NBC, BBC News and Bill Maher.

As a spokesperson for the industry, he is passionate about talent development, regularly participating in initiatives to identify and develop new talent for the industry. Above all else, Lyne likes to break things so that he can help make them better.


James Lyne Speaker Videos Back to top

James Lyne, Cybersecurity Expert: SISCA Lecture


James Lyne takes on the future of hacking, which will be unlike anything we’ve seen before. The protocols we’ve come to depend on for protection were invented a decade ago for traditional computers as they were at that time. However the Internet and technology have transformed rapidly in ways no one anticipated, making standard defense systems nearly obsolete and launching Internet users into uncharted waters.

“We’ve never been at such a broad point of compromise of our infrastructure,” Lyne states. He notes that there is actually an excess of 250,000 pieces of malicious code being discovered each day, and contrary to what most people think, legitimate small business websites and hobby sites, like personal blogs, are the typical points for hacking and planting malware.

Taking things a step further, he demonstrates different types of malware for the audience to enhance their understanding of how attacks work and what people can do to avoid them, or if necessary, respond to them.

James Lyne: Keynote at e-Crime Wales Summit


James Lyne, Cybersecurity expert: Ted Talk



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Whether he’s taking on insecure hotspots, inept passwords, or lax OS designers, James Lyne exposes technology’s vulnerabilities while elevating the security awareness of everyday users.

A talented engineer of all things technology, he possesses an even rarer gift – the ability to explain complicated concepts and abstract threats to diverse audiences while making them interesting. Lyne takes apart the ever-expanding world of networked mobile devices and security threats in live hands-on demonstrations that will change the way you look at your smart phone and any other glowing screen.

James speaks on the following topics:
  • Technology Innovation
  • History and Future of Computer Security
  • IOT (Internet of Things) Security
  • Malware
  • Cryptography
  • Social Engineering

    Some past programs which James has given or participated in include:

    The Six Habits of Highly Successful Cyber Criminals
    James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos and instructor at the SANS institute tours some of the most intestine and effective changes in cyber criminal tactics over the past few months. Featuring live demonstrations of hacking, malware and a blow by blow tour of how they break in to systems James’ session will help you sharpen your defensive tactics to keep the bad guys out.

    The Future of Cyber Security
    The cyber security landscape is particularly challenging for organisations, there is an increasingly sophisticated criminal threat and an arms race of technologies to assess and the impact of a breach, and particularly of customer data loss, is significant. World class expert James Lyne shares his views and research of where the threat landscape is actually headed and provides some true insight into what steps you should be considering along with live demonstrations of real malware and how you can combat it.





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    James speaks on the following topics:
  • Technology Innovation
  • History and Future of Computer Security
  • IOT (Internet of Things) Security
  • Malware
  • Cryptography
  • Social Engineering

    Some past programs which James has given or participated in include:

    The Six Habits of Highly Successful Cyber Criminals
    James Lyne, Global Head of Security Research at Sophos and instructor at the SANS institute tours some of the most intestine and effective changes in cyber criminal tactics over the past few months. Featuring live demonstrations of hacking, malware and a blow by blow tour of how they break in to systems James’ session will help you sharpen your defensive tactics to keep the bad guys out.

    The Future of Cyber Security
    The cyber security landscape is particularly challenging for organisations, there is an increasingly sophisticated criminal threat and an arms race of technologies to assess and the impact of a breach, and particularly of customer data loss, is significant. World class expert James Lyne shares his views and research of where the threat landscape is actually headed and provides some true insight into what steps you should be considering along with live demonstrations of real malware and how you can combat it.


  • James Lyne, Cybersecurity Expert: SISCA Lecture


    James Lyne takes on the future of hacking, which will be unlike anything we’ve seen before. The protocols we’ve come to depend on for protection were invented a decade ago for traditional computers as they were at that time. However the Internet and technology have transformed rapidly in ways no one anticipated, making standard defense systems nearly obsolete and launching Internet users into uncharted waters.

    “We’ve never been at such a broad point of compromise of our infrastructure,” Lyne states. He notes that there is actually an excess of 250,000 pieces of malicious code being discovered each day, and contrary to what most people think, legitimate small business websites and hobby sites, like personal blogs, are the typical points for hacking and planting malware.

    Taking things a step further, he demonstrates different types of malware for the audience to enhance their understanding of how attacks work and what people can do to avoid them, or if necessary, respond to them.

    James Lyne: Keynote at e-Crime Wales Summit


    James Lyne, Cybersecurity expert: Ted Talk