Rik Ferguson

In Cybersecurity, context is king


I’m a researcher, storyteller, and futurist. I help governments, law enforcement, businesses and individuals understand the complexities of technology, and its intersection with cybercrime.

Over my thirty years of professional practice, I’ve taken deep dives into the cybercriminal underground and helped the wider world understand the threats of today and explored how those threats will change over time.

I am a the Vice President Security Intelligence at Forescout, a founding Special Advisor to Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), a multi-award-winning video producer and writer, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and board advisor to startups. A world-renowned speaker, I have presented at events including RSA Conference, Mobile World Congress, Milken Institute, Dubex, Infosecurity, IPExpo, CloudExpo, Webit, GovSec, and many more. In April 2011 I was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame.

We are all connected. Not everyone has positive intentions. I help the rest of us understand the risks and challenges of our digital world.


Host of #LetsTalkSecurity livestream


Project 2030 at RSA 2021
Qt World Summit 2019
Speaking at Dublin Tech Summit 2017
Attack at the Hospital
Targeted Attack Reality



“Project 2030 is very much not just a science fiction, novel or web series. It’s also a very serious document that attempts to give enterprises as well as individuals and governments the information they need to devise a much more nuanced longterm strategy instead of remaining in permanent firefighting mode, which is kind of where we are now.”
”Unless proper authentication of the integrity, provenance and validity of information can be designed into the processes, devices and decision-making of the future, we’re not just opening up a new attack vector, we’re opening up our lives, our enterprises and our homes.”
“In the globally interconnected world we now inhabit, data is the new oil. It’s a valuable resource, considerably more simple to extract and infinitely more versatile. And if data is the new oil, then algorithms are the new refineries”
“Technology in general and cybersecurity in particular is very often a subject area where we spend much our time “preaching to the choir” or within our own professional bubble of already interested parties. In order to truly make a difference to the security of any future world we do create it is imperative to elicit not only the attention, but the interest of not only the businesses of tomorrow, but also the consumers and the legislators”
”Digital attacks on businesses and individuals are currently still a very human-driven exercise. The tools, written by humans, are iterative, changing little from day-to-day and the same can be said of the tactics. Spam, malware, social engineering, exploits and data theft are as perennial as they are predictable. Over the decades that malicious software has evolved, it has changed in form, function and evasive capability, but always within the same paradigm. In response we have built layered security models, enumerated “Cyber Kill Chains” and populated databases to codify our existing body of knowledge as it relates to cyber-offense. In the near future, these academic models may well become our greatest weakness, restricting our understanding of the future by describing it in the terms of the past.”


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