James Blake

Global Consulting Strategist

Micro Focus - Cyber Security Services


Dr James Blake is the Global Consulting Strategist for Micro Focus Cyber Security Services.  Micro Focus Cyber Security Services have designed, built and matured the cyber security operations capability – as well as responding to major breaches – for some of the largest organisations across the globe including a number in the Middle East region.

His practice has proven experience in aligning the business risk, people, process and technology aspects of log management, security event and information management, analytics, hunt teams and cyber threat intelligence into an operational capability that demonstrates value to the business.

He will be bringing insights from the over 220 assessments Micro Focus have conducted on cyber security operations within organisations across the globe.

Prior to Micro Focus, Dr Blake was the Global Director of Cyber Security Operations Integration for JPMorgan Chase and is the former Chief Information Security Officer of Mimecast, a global Software-as-a-Service vendor providing email security solutions.  He has over 25 years’ experience in operational and managerial roles in information security.

Speech Topic & Synopses
Operationalising Analytics

The history of cyber security is littered with promising technologies that turn into false promises due to the inability of organisations to maintain and operationalise. This presentation will look at how to build an effective and efficient analytics program supported by the right processes; staffed by the right resources with appropriate skills; and how to demonstrate meaningful business value for the investments made.

Machine learning is the current buzzword from vendors, this presentation draws on over a decade’s operational experience and lessons learnt around the realities of implementing and running cyber analytics programs in some of the World’s largest organisations.

Description – We help you bridge the old and the new by maximizing the ROI on existing software investments and enabling innovation in the new hybrid model for enterprise IT.