Nearshore development and Ukraine | Thursday, 26th of May | Virtual
  • Nearshore development and Ukraine

  • Thursday, 26th of May
  • 12.55am - 14.00pm
  • Location: Virtual
  • Attendee Registration

Companies in the UK, EU and US have been outsourcing software development work to countries in Central and Eastern Europe for years. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has severely disrupted access to a major rising hub of software engineering and data science talent.

The IT Ukraine Association insists that the country is open for business and companies looking to cut ties with Russia should consider moving the work to Ukraine. In this open and direct CIO WaterCooler Community Session we will discuss

  • the cybersecurity implications of the war
  • if Eastern Europe is lost as a source for reliable IT outsourcing
  • if there could be benefits to moving work to Ukraine
  • how we can help the Ukrainian tech sector

Our Keynote Speakers

Ian Thornton-Trump, CISO at Cyjax

Ian Thornton-Trump is an ITIL certified IT professional with 25 years of experience in IT security and information technology and currently Chief Information Security Officer for Cyjax Ltd. (UK) and Chief Technical Officer of Octopi Managed Services Inc. (Canada). From 1989 to 2013, Ian served with the Canadian Forces (CF), Military Intelligence Branch and the CF Military Police Reserves. After a year with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Ian worked as a cyber security analyst/consultant for multi-national insurance, banking and regional health care verticals. Ian is a sought-after consultant in cybersecurity for small, medium and enterprise organisations. In his spare time, he teaches courses for CompTIA, is an adjunct faculty member of the London Graduate School and owns a recording and live streaming studio in London, UK. 

Jason Hart, Chief Technology Officer EMEA at Rapid7

Jason Hart is Chief Technology Officer EMEA at Rapid7, a provider of security data and analytics solutions. Previously he was CTO at Trustonic and Gemalto (Thales). Jason has worked with development teams in Central and Eastern Europe.

Event Chair: Shaun Taylor, Co-founder of Tech Link Ukraine

Shaun supports M&A and Value Creation Programmes and turnaround of underperforming transformations and operational capabilities within SMEs owned by Private Equity firms and large-scale enterprises. Shaun most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Trustonic; he had a significantly sized team based in Kyiv within this role, further cementing his relationship with Ukraine. Other notable roles include serving as the COO for Mycom-OSI, Chief Information Officer for Aviva and Chief Transformation Officer for Digicel Group. Shaun co-founded Tech Link Ukraine in March 2022.

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