Nordic Chambers Business Forum 2020: Cyber risk in a digitised world

Thursday, 5 November,
3.00pm – 4.30pm GMT
Online webinar

In digitising business processes and offerings, the business community faces challenges in preventing illegal access to sensitive information.

Cyber attacks against businesses are hardly new, but are becoming increasingly common, and potentially impose great costs when dealt with. The necessity to understand the extent of cyber risks has therefore never been greater for established businesses and start-ups alike.

What can we learn from others, and what do we need to do to ensure business continuity and cyber security? This forum brings together a mix of experts, regulators, businesses having faced problems and dealt with them, and start-ups with some of the solutions.


Peter Sandberg, Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Kyrre Haugen, General Manager, Norwegian Chamber of Commerce
Master of Ceremonies Arne Elias Corneliussen, Founder and Chairman, NRCI

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity risks
Ffion Flockhart, Partner and Global Co-Head of Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Norton Rose Fulbright

Understanding & predicting the risk
In today’s fast developing society, digitalisation is a must for all types of organisation, governmental and private alike, independent of size. But to what extent can the unknown actually damage your organisation? How does one prepare for unforeseen attacks and what are the trends looking at the future?
Bente Hoff, Head of Norwegian National Cyber Security Centre, Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM)
Timo Laaksonen, Vice President, F-Secure
Anders Malmström, CEO, Foreseeti
Ragnar Sigurdsson, Co-founder and CEO, AwareGO
Andrew Tsonchev, Director of Technology, Darktrace

Reflections, experience and strategies: How to deal with cyber risk
Cyber risk is a constant danger to any sized organisation’s financial wellbeing and daily operations. But how do multinational companies deal with this continuous threat?
Halvor Molland, Senior Vice President Communication & Public Affairs, Norsk Hydro
Fredrik Torp, Vice President Corporate Security & Resilience and Chief Security Officer, Vattenfall

More information on our speakers read below.

About the forum:

The Nordic Chambers’ Business Forum is a meeting place for Nordic-British business, and a platform for discussion on topics relevant to our regions. For a number of years, it has brought together the communities of the Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce in London.


This event is kindly sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and F-secure.

This event is organised in collaboration with Danish-UK Association and Swedish, Norwegian and Icelandic Chambers of Commerce.




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Timo Laaksonen, Vice President, F-Secure 

Timo Laaksonen is Vice President at F-Secure Corporation and responsible for the company’s commercial operations in the Managed Detection and Response business unit. He is passionate about sharing best practices in cyber security in terms that everyone can relate to and helping businesses make informed decisions on how to protect themselves from advanced cyber threats.

Mr Laaksonen joined F-Secure Corporation in Finland in October 2012 as a member of the Leadership Team and responsible for the Content Cloud business line. In 2015-2019 he lead F-Secure’s Consumer Business in North and Latin America. Prior to F-Secure, Timo has lead international business units and venture backed start-up companies in the fields of security, cloud, telecom, predictive analytics, and mobile services.

Mr Laaksonen holds a Master’s Degree (Econ.) from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland. Outside of work he is keen on sports, travel and music.


Ffion Flockhart, Partner, Global Co-Head of Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Norton Rose Fulbright

Ffion has considerable experience advising on the various aspects of cyber risk management and co-ordinates our global crisis response team to help our clients mitigate the impact of adverse cyber incidents. She has worked on some of the largest data breaches to hit the headlines, from those caused by criminal gangs to sophisticated nation state-sponsored attacks.


Andrew Tsonchev, Director of Technology, Darktrace

Andrew is a technical expert on cyber security and advises Darktrace’s strategic customers on advanced threat defense, AI and autonomous response. He has a background in threat analysis and research, and holds a first-class degree in physics from Oxford University and a first-class degree in philosophy from King’s College London. His comments on cyber security and the threat to critical national infrastructure have been reported in international media, including CNBC and the BBC World.


Ragnar Sigurdsson, Co-founder and CEO, Awarego

Ragnar is a CISSP, a former penetration tester and the co-founder and CEO of AwareGO. Through is work he discovered that people were the weakest link when it came to cyber security which inspired his idea to focus on the training of people instead of putting all emphasis on the systems and technology. Soon after he founded AwareGO which specializes in engaging cybersecurity awareness training content and educating people of cyber-risks.

Ragnar believes that humans are the best virus protection if they are made aware and reminded regularly of the threats they might face. It is his mission to turn every employee into a cybersecurity taskforce by educating them in a fun and efficient way.

Fredrik Torp, Chief Security Officer (CSO) Vattenfall

As Vice President Corporate Security & Resilience and CSO at Vattenfall Group, Fredrik is based at the global headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. He reports directly to the Executive Group Management (EGM) and is responsible for several functions, such as Information Security, Business Continuity Management, Crisis Management, Security Operations and Security Program Management.

Fredrik joined Vattenfall in 2016 and was tasked to build and lead a new, modern security and resilience function, covering all security and resilience areas, including cyber, under one umbrella. This was after a career as a Group Vice President at ABB Ltd, where he was based at the global HQ in Zurich, Switzerland for 8 years after serving in Moscow, Russia for a year. He was instrumental in building regional and country specific security operations and organizations in the Americas, Europe, Russia and the CIS countries. In his role as Head of Security for the regions (Americas and Europe) he developed and implemented programs in areas such as organizational resilience, travel security, physical and personnel security, incident response and crisis management.

He was also responsible for overseeing several global security programs with a special focus on Risk management, Intellectual Property Rights protection and Pre-Employment Screening. The programs increased awareness and controls on a global scale, resulting in better protection for intellectual property and sensitive technology. As a member of the ABB Group Cyber Security Council, Fredrik developed and implemented a companywide strategic framework for Cyber Security Crisis Management.

Fredrik’s experience of more than 25 years in international security work, comprises of 14 years in governmental work as military officer, predominantly in the Swedish Special Forces, after which he gained experience in the private sector in security and resilience management. Fredrik’s operational experience ranges from leading due diligence work in merger and acquisition processes and extensive investigations, to workplace related violence, kidnap response and evacuation of employees from high risk areas.

Bente Hoff, Head of Norwegian National Cyber Security Centre

Bente Hoff has more than 20 years of experience from digitalization processes and cyber security, both in private and public sector. She holds Master of Science from NTH/NTNU and a Master’s degree in Technological Leadership.



Arne Elias Corneliussen, Founder and Chairman, NRCI

Arne Elias Corneliussen studied political science and international relations in the US, Egypt and Chile. He worked as an officer with the NATO-mission in Kosovo and in the corporate sector in various roles before he founded Norwegian Risk Consulting International – NRCI, a geopolitical advisory firm, in 2010.

Mr. Corneliussen travelled alone on a wide range of long overland fact-finding expeditions by train, bus, car and boat across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to map logistics, infrastructure, transport corridors, geopolitical dynamics and business opportunities. He travelled by public bus alone across 30 countries in western, southern and eastern Africa. On his last expedition he travelled by train, car and buss from Shanghai to Istanbul to map logistics clusters, infrastructure developments and geopolitical dynamics along transport corridors in the New Silk Road also termed One Belt One Road currently developed by China. These extraordinary overland expeditions provide unique value to his geopolitical and strategic insights and inform his thinking.

Mr. Corneliussen is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London – a world-leading society for geographers and explorers. He is also a Fellow in The Linnean Society of London – the oldest biological and natural history society in the world. He is the conference director, program chair and moderator for Norwegian Risk Forum – NRCI’s annual international geopolitical conference hosted in Oslo since 2010 focusing on geopolitical risks and international business opportunities. Mr. Corneliussen is a strategic advisor to global companies, foundations and governments.

Anders Malmstöm, CEO, Foreseeti

Andrers has a strong background within software and commercialization of technology solutions in a number of entrepreneur ventures. Experienced Head of Business Development with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer services industry. Skilled in Business Driven Development, Requirements Analysis, FMCG, IoT, Agile Methodologies, and Strategy. Anders is a strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stockholm School of Economics.

Halvor Molland, Senior Vice President Communication & Public Affairs, Norsk Hydro

Halvor Molland, born in 1973, is Senior vice president Communication & Public Affairs, and a spokesperson for Norsk Hydro ASA, a global supplier of aluminium and aluminium solutions headquartered in Norway.  An experienced journalist, he holds a Master of Science with experience from offshore oil and gas development projects. Molland has extensive experience in the field of international corporate communication. He has previously worked at Umoe, a Norwegian supplier to the oil and gas industry and at ABB – a global leader in power and automation technologies.  Molland served as Press and information officer at the Stabilization Force (SFOR) Headquarter in Sarajevo, the NATO-led multinational peacekeeping force.

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