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Personal Contribution to IT Security Award
Candidates 2020

Vote! - Robert O' Brien

Christopher Bailey
Robert O' Brien
CEO, Metacompliance

MetaCompliance

Robert O' Brien is the founder and CEO of MetaCompliance, a global leader in the human aspect of Cyber Security and Privacy Compliance. With more than 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Robert is a serial technology entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in executing and developing strategies for high growth businesses.

He started his career working for organisations such as Capita and Intergraph Corporation. As a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Robert has been instrumental in developing and successfully exiting three technology companies prior to managing MetaCompliance through its current scaling phase. As the author of the recently published 'Cyber Security Awareness for Dummies', Robert is committed to helping organisations keep their staff safe online, secure their digital assets and protect their reputation and brand.


Vote! - Stu Sjouwerman

Christopher Bailey
Stu Sjouwerman
Founder and CEO, KnowBe4

KnowBe4 Inc

Stu Sjouwerman (pronounced “shower-man”) is the founder and CEO of KnowBe4 Inc, provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform. A serial entrepreneur and data security expert with more than 30 years in the IT industry, Sjouwerman is the author of four books, with his latest being “Cyberheist: The Biggest Financial Threat Facing American Businesses.” Along with his CEO duties, Stu is Editor-in-Chief of Cyberheist News, an ezine tailored to deliver IT security news, technical updates and social engineering alerts. Stu is a six-time Inc 500 award winner.


Vote! - David Calder

Christopher Bailey
David Calder
CEO, Adarma

Adarma

During David's time in the business he has helped grow the company from a 12 person start-up (Vacta) to become one of the UK's largest security service suppliers with almost 300 people. Prior to joining Adarma in 2009, David spent many years as Head of IT Security at a number of UK banks, as well as the Global Head of Threat Management for what was one of the biggest banks in the world. He experienced security challenges first hand and recognised the value a true partnership could bring. David's knowledge and experience within the security industry over the last 20 years, has allowed him to help ensure that Adarma’s tailored services and solutions are relevant to our customers, empower them to manage the threats they face and provide them with real value. Our mission at Adarma is not just to partner with our customers but to be a true extension of their team.


Vote! - Damon Rands

Damon Rands
Damon Rands
CEO, Wolfberry Cyber

Wolfberry Cyber

Damon Rands, CEO of Wolfberry, is an experienced cyber security expert with over 30 years in the information technology industry; helping companies across the UK build secure systems and implement best practices to protect their organisations.

Damon built Wolfberry with a motto that cyber security should be accessible, understandable and affordable for all businesses. Whilst developing their innovative Viper service (covering vulnerability scanning and threat detection capabilities within a user friendly service) Wolfberry furthered this with a small business edition; enabling all organisations to improve their cyber security capabilities regardless of size.

In order to make cyber security accessible, Damon completes free consultancy services to charities, governments and societies across the UK. With the recent increase in Ransomware attacks, Wolfberry have created "Surviving Ransomware"; a free service designed to help organisations prepare and recover from these commonly used attacks. Damon believes that, when a company is in the middle of an attack, and at their most vulnerable, they don’t want to be sold to, they want helpful and appropriate advice.


Vote! - Aleksander Brankovic

Christopher Bailey
Aleksander Brankovic
CTO, Benefit Vantage Limited (IPification)

Benefit Vantage Limited (IPification)

For over 8 years, Aleksander Brankovic was one of the key contributors in Centili (part of the international IT and telecommunications company Infobip that recently became the first Croatian unicorn). Alex was engaged in developing innovative mobile payment solutions from scratch which soon developed into an international company with over 300M YoY of revenue serving more than 4 billion mobile users in 80 countries.

Payments are always a field of a high interest for hackers and fraudsters, and authentication is the crucial step in every payment transaction. Hence, Alex shifted his focus on the security and protection solutions and came up with the idea of a totally new authentication method. After leaving Infobip in 2018, together with co-creators, he turned his innovative idea into a patented technology – “Mobile identification method based on SIM card and device-related parameters” – patented technology behind IPification.

Today Alex is CTO of IPification and leads a growing tech team of 40 people.


Vote! - Daniel Cuthbert

Christopher Bailey
Daniel Cuthbert
Global Head, Cyber Security Research

Santander

Daniel Cuthbert is currently the Global Head of Cyber Security Research for the Santander Group. With over two decades experience in both offensive and defensive cyber operations, he has experience in reverse engineering, traditional bug hunting and engineering of defensive solutions. He is a member of the Blackhat Review Board and frequent Blackhat speaker. For his sins, he was also the co-author of the OWASP Testing Guide and now the Application Security Verification Standard, used by millions to secure applications.


Vote! - Ian Glover

Ian Glover
Ian Glover
President, CREST

CREST

Ian has elevated CREST to become a global influencer in the cyber security industry, positioning it a thought leader in technical cyber security assurance. He has also been instrumental in many major government and industry initiatives. These include projects to define regulator assurance functions such as CBEST for the critically important functions regulated by the Bank of England (PRA) and STAR-FS for PRA and FCA for the wider financial services community. At the other end of the scale Ian was one of the major contributors to the UK Government’s award-winning Cyber Essentials scheme, which assesses basic levels of cyber hygiene. He is working with the Civil Aviation Authority to define the regulator assurance process for NIS Directive under their ASSURE scheme. The principle developed to support these activities has been adopted and refined by governments and regulators in a rapidly increasing number of countries around the World.

Currently, Ian is working on professionalisation of the technical cyber security industry by supporting and protecting young people interested in technology and cyber security. He is collaborating with the Gates Foundation on providing access to well-governed banking services to the poor in developing countries and is working with the NCA and youth services to create interventions to reduce the risk of young people being groomed for cybercrime.

Other projects include ensuring the industry inclusive by developing programs for improving diversity & inclusion in cybersecurity.


Vote! - Morten Kjaersgaard

Christopher Bailey
Morten Kjaersgaard
Founder and CEO of Heimdal Security

Heimdal Security

Morten Kjaersgaard, the founder and CEO of Heimdal™ Security, is an experienced cybersecurity expert and executive, with a rare flair for both strategy and leadership. Taking an idea from a winning CTF championship prize  and  developing  it  into  asolution  that  proactively  disables  cyber-threats before  they  can  infiltrate  systems,  Mr. Kjaersgaard's  intuition  helped  propel  Heimdal™  Security  into  a   position of   disruptive   innovator   within   the cybersecurity   industry.

Under the guidance of Morten Kjaersgaard, the Danish company continued to focus on research and on filling in industry gaps by creating solutions for problems before those problems become a mainstream hacking tactic.

His ability to foresee key cybersecurity trends has helped put the development of new Heimdal™ Security products and ideas always one step ahead of cyber-criminals, turning the company into the European power horse it is today. The company's values of providing free cybersecurity education, the penchant for continuous research and innovation, as well as the focus on prevention as the first line of defense, are all stemming from the founder's vision and leading example.

 

 

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