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Virtual Event: Using a Community of Elite Vetted Hackers to Revolutionise Testing

Date & time

Thursday, November 18, 2021

04:30 PM - 05:30 PM


Virtual Event


  • BP
  • CISO
  • Digital Security Principal
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • ransomware
  • security









What can you expect?
CISO’s serve a critical role assessing risk and acting in the best interest of the company in an effort to eliminate threats

Can strategic security testing play a critical part in that role?

In this session you will hear how Freshfields and BP have turned turning security testing on its head and have made it strategic to the business.

They have leveraged the expertise of an elite community of ethical hackers in a highly controlled, safe and agile way and have reinvented their testing strategy.

They have proven out a new, innovative approach that brings testing into 2021, is agile and drives business outcomes.

If you are a CISO or Senior security professional and you are curious to find out more, this webinar provides the opportunity to understand more and ask your questions of Ritesh and Mark in a relaxed fire side chat format.


16:30 – Welcome and Introduction to the event from Steve Goff, Cyber Security Specialist SCC

16:35 – Justin Shaw-Grey Sales Director of Synack will articulate the key concepts of the technology and how Synack differs from traditional testing.

16:45 – Ritesh Patel Security Principle at bp and Mark Walmsely CISO of Freshfield’s will talk about the reasons they felt Synack would make a difference to their respective Security programmes, explore some of the key use cases for them and how using Synack has evolved within the organisations over time plus much more.

17:05 – Q&A, this is your opportunity to ask questions of the panel to understand if adopting Synack would be right for your organisation, cover off any hurdles to adoption that Ritesh and Mark may also have experienced as some examples.

17:30 –Event close.

Key Takeaways for Attendees

  1. How to harness the power of an elite community testers to play a pivotal role in security decisions and risk mitigation.

  3. How continuous testing with the elite community along with real time vulnerability data enables rapid remediation and business agility

  5. How this new strategic community approach elevates successful testing outcomes to board level visibility


Mark Walmsley, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Mark Walmsley is an experienced CISO. The majority of Mark’s professional career has been spent within the legal industry, working within litigation before moving to business services where he manages high-value, complex work. Over the past 2 years Mark has had a part-time secondment to the National Cyber Security Centre where he helps manage the government and legal industry engagement.

Ritesh Patel, Security Principal, bp

Ritesh Patel is Security Principal at bp. He has been with bp for 19 years. During this this time he has held a variety of roles from trading support lead to Operations Control Manager to Service Portfolio Owner to his current role. As Security Principal the role has evolved to encompass accountability for all of vulnerability Identification and awareness in the stack. This includes everything from Threat modelling to EDR to Threat protection with the main goal of reducing the attack surface. In this role Ritesh is supporting bp’s ambitions by enabling bp to innovate at pace in a disciplined, safe & secure way. Ritesh’s previous organisations include BBC, Godman Sachs & NHS Direct.

Justin Shaw-Gray, Sales Director UKI, Synack

Justin Shaw-Gray is Sales Director for the UKI region for Synack, Inc. In 2018, shortly after joining Synack, Justin was awarded SC Media’s Runner Up for Best Cybersecurity Sales Leader. Prior to Synack Justin held senior roles at Netscope, Zscaler, and Riverbed. Justin is originally from Zimbabwe where he was Founder and Human Rights Activist for the Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe. Justin is an avid runner and lives in London with his wife and three young children.

Steve Goff - Cyber Security Specialist, SCC

Steve has over 25 years experience in IT specialist roles with the last 6 year focused on Cyber Security. Steve has a breadth of knowledge around the challenges that organisations face, as well as a strong understanding of the many Cyber Security Vendor offerings.

About Synack

Synack’s premier crowdsourced platform for on-demand security expertise harnesses the world’s most talented, ethical hackers & smart technology to deliver on-demand security testing and vulnerability management, with actionable results.
To find out more about Synack please click the videos below
Synack Explained: Cybersecurity as the Foundation
Synack vs Traditional Penetration Testing
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