Rik Ferguson
Rik Ferguson
Job title
VP Threat Intelligence
Forescout Technologies
In cybersecurity, context is king. In the globally interconnected world we now inhabit, data is the new oil, available resource, considerably more simple to extract and infinitely more versatile. If data is oil, then algorithms are the new refineries.

Rik Ferguson is the Vice President of Security Intelligence at Forescout. He is also a Special Advisor to Europol’s European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), a multi-award-winning producer and writer, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In April2011 Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame. Rik isa researcher, storyteller, and futurist. He helps governments, law enforcement, businesses and individuals to understand the complexities of technology, and its intersection with cybercrime, contributing to global initiatives to combat cybercrime and reduce risk through participation at the United Nations, European and national Parliaments. Over his twenty-five plus years of professional practice, he has taken deep dives into the cybercriminal underground and helped the wider world understand the threats of today and how those threats might evolve over time. A recognised futurist and world-renowned speaker, Rik has spoken at global events including RSA Conference, Mobile World Congress, Milken Institute, RUSI, GITEX, Infosecurity, Virus Bulletin, e-Crime Congress, IPExpo, CloudExpo, Webit, GovSec, and many more, and is often quoted by media around the world. Rik joined Forescout in 2022. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as Vice President Security Research at Trend Micro for 15 years. Rik holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wales and has qualified as a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP).

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