Originally broadcast on: Thursday 27th May 2021, 10:00 (BST)

Cybersecurity in the new era of 5G

In this episode of teissTalk we discussed:

  • How does 5G alter the security environment of companies? What are the new  risks and who is responsible for them?
  • How can you bring your security team up to speed on the changes they will be required to make? And is there an increased need to partner with third parties including government and telcos?
  • Do the benefits of 5G outweigh the risks?

full episode replay


Geoff White

Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others.

An experienced public speaker, he has given keynote talks at some of the UK’s largest tech events, in addition to hosting conferences and chairing panels at venues ranging from London’s Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival.


Saj Huq


Saj leads cyber innovation at Plexal and is the director for LORCA: the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement.

His work at LORCA involves facilitating collaboration between startups, scaleups, government, investors, academia and a cross-section of industry, with the aim of growing the UK’s cybersecurity sector and making the internet safer for everyone. Saj is also a member of the UK5G Security-Sub Group (SSG) to the UK5G Testbed and Trials Working Group.

Saj started his career in the Royal Air Force, where he was a commissioned officer and pilot, and spent a number of years as a management consultant at Deloitte and PwC. He then moved into industry, leading strategic change at a PE-backed property finance firm where he helped them operationally scale towards achieving a UK banking license, prepare for the incoming GDPR and improve their cyber and operational resilience.

Ciara Mitchell

Head of Cyber

Ciara is the cluster manager for Scotland’s cyber cluster. Her role involves supporting the development, growth and promotion of the cyber security sector in Scotland, bringing the cyber community together across academia, public sector and industry in order to enable collaboration and innovation in this sector in addition to facilitating gaps or challenges to be addressed. Ciara sitson the Skills Development Scotland Cyber skills working group and the UK5G Security working group. 

Ciara has extensive experience in the telecommunications and cyber security industry, having worked for BT for 20 years before freelancing for a cyber security start-up while completing a MBA at Heriot Watt  Business School. She worked in a number of different roles while at BT ending up as Head of Global Product Management within BT’s Cyber Security Division. She joined ScotlandIS in August 2019 to take her current role of cyber cluster manager.

Stephen Douglas

Head of 5G strategy
Spirent Communications

I am a hands-on Technology Strategist and CTO who believes in innovative and disruptive technologies which challenge the status quo, are market leading and which make a real difference.

With over 24 years’ experience in telecommunications I have been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies, involved with multiple Service Provider start-ups who have had successful M&A transactions and worked within large tier 1 vendors in driving innovation and transformation.

I passionately believe in solution selling and working closely with customers and partners to build successful technology vision, strategy and outcomes and have had the privilege to work with, build and nurture multiple Solutions (Sales) Engineering teams across the world.

I am an ardent believer in connected technology and have continuously strove to challenge, blur and break down the silos which prevent innovation and business success.

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