Midlands Fraud Forum Winter Discussion

  • 14 Dec 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
  • 91


  • This event is in conjunction with the Young Professionals Sub-Committee.

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The Great Winter Discussion


Tuesday 14 December 2021

9.30am – 11.00am


This will be a live online event run using Microsoft Teams.

The link will be issued before the event


“Under what circumstances is it justifiable to pay a ransom for a ransomware/cyber-attack?






Welcome & introduction by Oliver Assersohn


Introduction to each panellist speaker


Discussion and audience questions



Concluding thoughts from Oliver Assersohn

The debate will be chaired by Oliver Assersohn, Barrister at XXIV Old Buildings and the topic of “Under what circumstances is it justifiable to pay a ransom for a ransomware/cyber-attack?” will be discussed by a panel of experts including:

1.    Lindsey Nelson, Cyber Development Leader at CFC Underwriting (providing insurance on cyber-attacks since 90s)

2.    William Taffe, COO at Lockdown Cyber Security

3.    Detective Sgt Ed Trimbee, Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands Region

4.    Stuart Davey, Partner at Pinsent Masons

5.    Vijay Kumar Velu, Head of Offensive Security at BDO LLP

Panelists Mini Bios

Lindsey Nelson, CFC Underwriting

As Cyber Development Leader, Lindsey Nelson oversees the global business development strategy across CFC’s cyber portfolio, responsible for key account management, distribution and new business growth strategy, and internal development across a team of over 50 underwriters.

Having nearly a decade of experience underwriting Cyber and Technology risks previously at Chubb and overseeing the international cyber team at CFC, Lindsey’s expertise in cyber has put her in demand for a wide range of conferences across Europe and North America while continuing to play an active role in underwriting strategy.  She is a sought-after speaker on the topic of cyber insurance and a vocal champion for women and young brokers in insurance.

Lindsey was awarded ‘Underwriter of the Year’ at the Insurance Insider awards in the U.K., nominated as a ‘Woman to Watch’ in EMEA by Business Insurance, and was previously listed as one of Insurance Business UK’s 27 “Young Guns” which focuses on rising stars in the insurance industry.

William Taffe, Lockdown Cyber Security

William is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Lockdown Cyber Security. Having held a variety of sales and management roles over the last 10 years, William has dedicated himself towards his passion of Cyber Security; a topic of interest since his early teens.

An accomplished presenter, William has spoken on behalf of major British retail banks, RBS, NatWest, the British Dental Association, the Builders Merchants Federation, and numerous other professional bodies. He has delivered keynote presentations and featured in panel discussions across both the Cyber and Fraud landscape. William regularly delivers classroom training to Finance professionals, educating them on Cyber risk and how to mitigate it.

Detective Sgt Ed Trimbee, Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands Region DS Ed Trimbee from the Regional Organised Crime Unit for the West Midlands Region, with 20 years policing service Ed has broad experience across multiple operational policing and investigative functions – including Homicide and the Regional Economic Crime Unit.

Currently leading the Regional Cyber Crime Unit ‘PROTECT PREPARE PREVENT’ portfolios, his team deliver support across multiple sectors to help businesses and organisations be better protected and prepared for cyber-attack, and also work with existing cyber criminals with the objective to educate, support and divert them from criminal activities to reduce future threat and risk.

Stuart Davey, Pinsent Masons

Stuart Davey is a partner in the cyber team at Pinsent Masons. He advises on cyber readiness, breach response, and litigation arising out of data breaches. Stuart advises corporate and insurer clients in responding to cyber incidents by instructing IT forensics teams, advising on notification requirements, working with criminal authorities and extortion experts, and engaging credit monitoring service providers. Post-incident, Stuart advises on data controller/processor disputes and the risks relating to data subject claims.

Vijay Kumar Velu, BDO LLP

Vijay Kumar Velu is a Passionate Information Security Practitioner, Author, Speaker and Blogger. He has more than 16 years of IT industry experience, is a Licensed Penetration Tester, and has specialised in providing technical solutions to a variety of cyber problems, ranging from simple security configuration reviews to Complex National critical infrastructure security architecture.

He has Authored three books on the topic he loves - "Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing - Second and Third Edition" and "Mobile Application Penetration Testing". He had spear headed multiple cyber transformation programme from small scale industries to fortune 500 companies in helping them mature their cyber security practices.

In addition, Vijay has the following security specific certifications: Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI).

Audience participation is, as always, most welcome and encouraged!

The MFF is also happy to take questions from attendees in advance if there is a particular question or point that you would like the panelist speakers to discuss.

This event is organised by our Young Professional Team and we would like to invite members to bring a junior member of their team with them for FREE!

Please email info@midlandsfraudforum to register any non-members.


As a follow up to our Winter Debate discussing the topic: “Under what circumstances is it justifiable to pay a ransom for a ransomware/cyber-attack?” One of our panellists Detective Sgt Ed Trimbee, has provided a link to more information about Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) for the West Midlands Region

Link to ROCU details

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