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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.


Nov
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reviewed Close Can I hide torrent details from my ISP?
Oct
30
comment Can anyone be hacked?
Unfortunately I'd have to disagree with most of what you wrote. From 17 years working with Fortune 50 and FTSE 100 companies, I can tell you Schroeder is pretty much on the money in most cases. It's not about physical vs technical (although physical is an easy option when an organisation has strong technical controls)
Oct
30
comment How to report vulnerabilities without being regarded as a hacker?
For whatever reason, this post appears to be drawing a lot of comments that aren't 'for the purpose of clarifying or requesting updates' but instead appear to be focusing on anecdotes and vaguely related news articles. Rather than let this escalate into argument, I'm just going to delete them all. Feel free to discuss the topic in Information Security Chat as we do like discussion in there :-)
Oct
30
comment Why are drives overwritten three times when being disposed of?
Psychological - yes, but also a carry over from when it actually did do something useful. 20 years ago (possibly more) it was possible to gain information about the bit state prior to a wipe, so Gudradain's answer is valid for that time period.
Oct
29
answered Will an ISP give out network/traffic info upon request?
Oct
28
comment Why do I need to hide my phone's IMEI
There is a difference between needing to be kept locally secret (someone in the shop could read it before it gets to you) and avoiding having it published to everyone and their dog. There is nothing to say it has to be blurred online. That's just good risk management. Like blurring your address if you posted up a picture of a letter to you.
Oct
28
comment What are the insecure Protocols in terms of PCI DSS
removed 'ports' as this is irrelevant and meaningless in this context
Oct
28
revised What are the insecure Protocols in terms of PCI DSS
deleted 14 characters in body; edited title
Oct
26
comment I need to know if this is a virus
Ken - this doesn't answer the question, as Ali pointed out. Additionally - there is no point in being offensive - that way lies suspension.
Oct
25
revised Add Cipher Suite support to Chrome/ Chromoium?
added 341 characters in body
Oct
23
reviewed Close Should I remotely store my salt?
Oct
23
reviewed Close Passwords: Symbols and length > 20 disallowed
Oct
23
comment How can I explain to the client that rfc2385 TCP MD5 Checksums can't be turned on for linux webservers?
I found (with other tools) that either I could set a config option to remove obviously invalid false positives, or else remove them manually. Both options do require the discussion with the client though, so they understand about the limitations of automated scanning tools.
Oct
23
comment Best practice to secure an API of unknown structure that can come from end user device or server
Gluz - can you please post a summary of the content at that site, as otherwise it is not useful here and may be deleted/converted to a comment.
Oct
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on One liner to create passwords in linux?
Oct
23
comment How can I explain to the client that rfc2385 TCP MD5 Checksums can't be turned on for linux webservers?
Does Rapid7 not let you blacklist a particular output on a specific platform (ie remove all MS vulns from the report on this server because it is Linux)
Oct
23
comment How can I explain to the client that rfc2385 TCP MD5 Checksums can't be turned on for linux webservers?
It sounds like you have sent the right information. There is only so much you can do with a client who just doesn't understand differences between Microsoft and other platforms...
Oct
23
answered Is Linkedin, Google and Facebook Running BitTorrent client?
Oct
22
comment How to bypass tcpwrapped with nmap scan
bonsaiviking - thanks for clarifying.
Oct
22
comment Is there anything preventing the NSA from becoming a root CA?
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