09 Jan 2024
by Dr Ryan Heartfield

Talking 5 with Cyber Security Member Exalens

With special guest Dr Ryan Heartfield – CEO & Co-founder of Exalens

In our first ‘Talking 5, Cyber’ interview of 2024, techUK’s Programme Manager, Cyber Security, Jill Broom talks to Dr Ryan Heartfield from Exalens – an organisation with a focus on AI-driven cyber security, cyber-physical systems security and incident response optimization.

In this conversation, Ryan provides expert insight on:

  • the key cyber security threats and trends of 2024;
  • what the evolving technology landscape means for manufacturers in particular; and
  • what organisations can do to enhance their operational resilience and ensure that they think about security in a holistic way.

You can watch the full interview with Dr Ryan Heartfield here:


techUK Talking 5 Cyber Interview - Exalens


Read more from Ryan on Securing UK Manufacturers from Cyber Attacks with Cyber-Physical AI here.

Find out more about Exalens here.  


Dan Patefield

Dan Patefield

Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK

Jill Broom

Jill Broom

Programme Manager, Cyber Security, techUK



Dr Ryan Heartfield

Dr Ryan Heartfield

Co-founder and CTO / Chief Scientist, Exalens

Dr. Ryan Heartfield Co-founder and CTO/Chief Scientist at Exalens. He has over a decade of experience in combatting complex cybersecurity threats through AI-driven threat detection and incident response capabilities, and dynamic software-defined network security architecture.

Prior to Exalens, Ryan was a senior security architect at Splunk for Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR), and security architect for UK Government, where he led the delivery of advanced cybersecurity operations capabilities. He is a previous Research Fellow of Cybersecurity within the Internet of Things and Security Research Centre at the University of Greenwich, and he holds a PhD in Cybersecurity and First-class degree in Computer Systems and Networking from the University of Greenwich.


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