Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of The United Arab Emirates

12-15 NOVEMBER 2018
Supported by
Richard Preece

Richard Preece

International Data Protection Officer


Richard is an experienced international hybrid consultant and leader. He enables organizations to become more strategically agile and resilient, to exploit the opportunities and minimize the dangers of the current and future digital hyper-connected world.

Richard has led many data protection and cyber security projects, education, exercises and consultancy engagements. Current and recent assignments include information security strategy and capability development for a number of UK and international critical national infrastructure organizations, covering Financial Services, Oil and Gas, Energy, Telecoms and Defence sectors. He has also been appointed as a Data Protection Officer (DPO) for a Recruitment and Search company. He is a chapter author for Managing Cybersecurity Risk – How Directors and Corporate Officers can protect their businesses. He has written a follow-up chapter on the use of scenario workshops to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to be published in November 2017. He has also co-authored a recent Whitepaper, GDPR: A Catalyst to Drive Real Action Around Privacy and Security.

Due to his work, he is a co-opted member of the new British Standard (BS) 31111 Cyber Risk and Resilience – Guidance for Boards and Executive Management. The Standard is intended to provide guidance for those in the commercial and public sector who must minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities of the Digital Age.

Previously he was Director of CybX, an innovative cyber resilience training, exercising and consultancy services capability. This comprehensive ‘server room to board room’ approach delivered the first national and international cyber-crime exercises on behalf of the UK National Crime Agency and with commercial organizations, including a number working in critical national infrastructure and internationally. He also led the development and delivery of a series of cyber education packages for MOD senior leaders and staff.

Underpinning Richard’s experience and qualifications is a background of over 20 years in the British Army. As a result of his early career he was selected specifically to be educated and then employed, to be a ‘hybrid’ who could straddle the strategic and operational environment and that of information technology, digital transformation and cyber security. Roles included developing the transformation strategy for the Army CIO; and Programme Manager delivering the Army’s lead change programme