Sam Watkins

Accomplished Engineer & Senior Security Manager


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Speaker Bio

A technologist interested in using innovation to help people achieve more, Sam J Watkins joined Network Services Security in July 2022, part of BT’s technology units. This is the latest part of their work in BT Group Plc since 1997, where they have been involved in Semantic Web Research including advanced knowledge sharing techniques and technologies. These days, Sam is empowering developers and solutions teams in delivering secure solutions from day 1 (aka shift-left) in fully transparent yet automated pipelines.

Being Sam passionate about using technology to help people realise their goals has helped them be recognised as an Accomplished Engineer in BT’s Technical Fellowship, develop decision networks for completely automating delivery for a variety of systems and technologies, and be the technical lead in one of BT’s security transformation programmes.

Outside of their day-to-day duties, Sam is a Lead in BT’s Able 2 programme and has been recognised in BT as a champion for disabled colleagues in the workplace, looking to remove barriers to achieving everyone’s potential. They are a committee member across the IT and Telecoms Industry in Prospect Union.

Fun Fact: Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was four years old, I got the chance to ride a bicycle 100 miles in the Prudential Ride London 2019 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Having had a major accident a couple of years before when they had 6 fractures in their face, they were terrified about being too scared to do the ride, so Sam only asked for sponsorship money 5 weeks before the ride. Sam still managed to raise over £400 pounds from friends who had more faith in Sam than they had!

Speaker Sessions


Making Sure it is Working for Both Security and the Solution Squads

30 mins
  • Track - Software
  • Software & Development
  • Sam Watkins

    Accomplished Engineer & Senior Security Manager


‘A host of new and evolving cybersecurity threats has the information security industry on high alert. Ever-more sophisticated cyberattacks involving malware, phishing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency and more have placed the data and assets of corporations, governments and individuals at constant risk.

The industry continues to suffer from a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals and experts warn that the stakes are higher than ever, as the cybercrime epidemic even risks shaking public faith in such cherished ideals as democracy, capitalism and personal privacy. “Honestly, we’re all at risk,” Heather Ricciuto of IBM Security told, “whether you’re talking about a large enterprise or an individual.”’ Michelle Moore, PhD , University of San Diego.

This talk will help you with evolving your cyber security policy and DevSecOps transformations.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Creating safe spaces to develop confidence
  • Ensuring security is built in from day 1 (aka shift-left)

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