What is your background?
I’ve worked in IT for 12 years and have been specialising in security for the last five. Most recently, I’ve been working with enterprise customers with the Capita Cyber Security Team before migrating into the Corporate Sales Team at Trustmarque last year. I’ll now be leading on all Cyber Security customer activity, working across both the public and private sectors. I am excited about the new role and the experience I can bring.
What interests you about Cyber Security?
I can’t believe everyone isn’t interested in Cyber Security. The speed of innovation from both the vendors and attackers is rapid and it creates a constantly evolving landscape; it would be a challenge to keep up if you didn’t have a genuine interest or passion in it.
Whilst the additional finance being pumped into the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is encouraging, the burden of responsibility of actually delivering security over the next decade will fall squarely onto the shoulders of our customers and the partners they choose to work with. For me, that is the most empowering and exciting challenge. Every day we can make a difference.
Furthermore, from reading the latest breach reports about nation state actors and hacktivists, advanced threats just sound like something straight out of James Bond movie.
Do security teams still struggle to make their voice heard?
Security teams are now taken seriously and have a “seat at the table” in most of the clients I meet. Our customers recognise it is fundamental to their success. As our lives and the way we interact with the world becomes more digital, the importance of solid cyber security is paramount. The impact of an outage or breach, and the financial and brand damage associated with it, is now widely recognised. Security teams are slowly being empowered to deal with security challenges.