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Information Security, Risk and Governance Specialist.

Heavily involved in information security and risk solutions for the last 16 years in the UK, US and throughout Europe.

  • Scottish Chairman of the Institute of Information Security Professionals
  • Immediate Past President of ISACA Scotland
  • Full Member of the IISP (M.Inst.ISP)
  • Security mentor and evangelist
  • Moderator of the Security, Music, Outdoors, Video Production, Sound Design and Personal Productivity Stack Exchange sites and Administrator for the Security Stack Exchange Blog
  • Contributor to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
  • EC Council Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)
  • ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • ISACA Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC)

  • have also been a member of the Standards and Operations Committees for the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a CLAS Consultant.

Extensive experience in Enterprise Risk and Security, from a deep technical grounding in application, network and platform security, as well as over 10 years working with global banking clients helping them identify, evaluate and mitigate information risks from a business and governance perspective.

Key roles in integration programmes, aligning security policies and business risk appetites across divisions in order to provide pragmatic security solutions.

Has created security development pathways and managed large scale security programmes, including global attack & penetration engagements, privacy and security assessments, incident response and fraud and forensic investigations.

Core clients have included global and UK banks, government departments as well as organisations in the Energy, Telecomms and other markets.

Acts as a mentor and coach for numerous security professionals in Scotland, providing career guidance as well as promoting a passion for the industry.

Provides subject matter experience at both strategic and technical levels, defining, reviewing and assessing enterprise level information security strategy, policies and standards for clients, incorporating the ISO 27000 series, COBIT, ITIL and other industry recognised baselines.

Presented at the inaugural e-Crime Scotland Summit and presents regularly on aspects of Information Security at various events in the UK, especially on the business implications of security issues.

Published in the Financial Times, ISACA Journal, assisted in the production of ISACA's APT white paper, and various other publications.

comment Could vpns like PIA be involved in Prism?
This question is not useful or suitable here. Anything is possible, however you'd need to get NSA or some other source to confirm (which they wouldn't want to do, I'd imagine)
reviewed Close Where can I find browsers error logs?
reviewed Close Can I use another port other than 443 for SSL communication?
comment Which encoding/encryption is this
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about security, and in any case could have any number of answers.
comment How difficult is the USB firmware attack?
Hi Pi - while the exploit is interesting, there is no single answer. Some folks, such as @Polynomial, would probably find this very easy, as he has extensive hardware hacking skills. I might find it intermediate, as I have some hardware, and some software experience. Some folks may find it impossible and would have to wait for this to be 'weaponised' for use.
comment As a non-security professional how should I respond when told my site is insecure?
@tim - your comment is worth posting as an answer, in my opinion.
reviewed Close User Account Guessing
reviewed Close Locking a partition/drive
comment How to identify if my site is vulnerable to DOS/DDOS attacks?
And even Google/Amazon/Microsoft can get knocked down briefly if a large enough attack occurs.
reviewed Edit suggested edit on As a non-security professional how should I respond when told my site is insecure?
revised As a non-security professional how should I respond when told my site is insecure?
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reviewed Close PGP Encryption - Whats the need to encrypt using random one time key?
reviewed No Action Needed subuser, benefit or liability?
reviewed No Action Needed What methods can be used to verify identity against a database?
reviewed No Action Needed Can malware be dangerous even when quarantined?
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Is the Java programming language used for penetration testing in practice ? If so, does the same apply to C#?
revised Is the Java programming language used for penetration testing in practice ? If so, does the same apply to C#?
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comment What is known about recent zero day flaw with Tails and what level of confidence can we put on Tails to be able to keep us anonymous?
Roya - you have already answered this question over on Tor.SE (tor.stackexchange.com/q/3703/245). Not sure why you have asked it here. In any case, with a couple of questions on it there, I'll close this one.
reviewed Close Basic Security tool in Python
reviewed Reviewed What is the ideal anonymous workstation setup?