Meet Our Cyber Experts

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The NEBRC has a fantastic Cyber Experts Group, currently made up of the below organisations. These Experts have a real interest in supporting the Centre.

Cyber Experts meet quarterly and with being well connected in the community, are able to steer and influence the direction of the NEBRC.

Find out more about our Cyber Experts below.

Steve Firth

Steve Firth

Steve is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for boxxe Limited.

In 2003, Steve joined boxxe after a career in the Army as a Yeoman of Signals. He began in boxxe as a Technical Specialist and has since held roles including our Lead Information Security Consultant, Professional Services Manager, and several years as the company CLAS Consultant (CESG Listed Advisor Scheme). In these roles Steve gained many technical qualifications along with becoming CISM and CISSP qualified. Steve is the security architect for many of our HMG solutions and is our security specialist for the accreditation of services to our customers. Whilst at boxxe, Steve has also designed and delivered a wide range of training courses and provided advice to our customers in relation to Information Security. Steve has been instrumental in boxxe gaining certifications such as ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus. This varied career has led to a broad knowledge of boxxe and our clients leading to his appointment as CISO.

Marcus Dempsey

Marcus Dempsey

Marcus Dempsey is the Director of InfoSec Governance Ltd, which is an
information security company aimed at helping reducing cyber related
threats against businesses of all sizes. InfoSec Governance provides penetration testing as well as Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications.

Marcus is an experienced security consultant who has come from a technical background and has over 25 years in the implementation and managing of networks of all shapes and sizes. In the last 10 years he has moved towards helping businesses secure their systems through awareness and security solutions.

Martin Hart

Martin Hart

CyberShelter was established by the MD, Martin Hart. Martin has worked in the IT support sector for literally decades, eventually owning his own
IT support business which he sold in 2017.

While working with IT security and their devices over the years Martin recognised there was an opening for a company with more than IT security skills but one that can add in-depth expertise in IT infrastructure.

Over the years, CyberShelter have gathered many IT based qualifications, listed below, and have huge experience with Windows, Apple and Linux based estates. CyberShelter are a Certifying body for Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials plus, and can also assist with PCI DSS and ISO 27001 Compliance.

In depth IT installation and support experience. Full business continuity and resilience planning. Fully experienced with complex networking solutions including WiFi enterprise. Qualified with Cisco, Fortinet, Juniper, Apple, Windows, Xirrus WiFi and RHEL Linux.

Christopher Tait

Christopher Tait

Dr Christopher Tait has over 15 years in the IT Security industry and since opening Layer 7 IT Security in 2010, has focused on delivering specialist security services to Public Sector and their supply chain in the areas of Security Architecture, Information Assurance and penetration testing.

In recent years Chris has focused upon defensive AWS security architectures and Continuous Security Integration pipelines.

Scott Cardow

Scott Cardow

Scott Cardow is Managing Director of Precursor Security Ltd, an innovative
CREST member company specialising in Penetration Testing, Test Automation
and Continuous Security Testing. Precursor also provide a range of security services from Cyber Essentials certification to bespoke phishing assessments and adversary emulation exercises.

Scott has spent the last 15 years helping some of the largest UK organisations across multiple sectors deliver complex IT programmes, more recently leading Precursor and enjoying seeing the organisations reputation go from strength to strength through their technical excellence and by putting their clients at the heart of everything they do.

Morton Bell

Morton Bell

TecSec was established in 2006 to deliver disaster recovery services nationwide. The company holds a unique position in the IT arena delivering a sophisticated level of provisions across: IT Support Services; Cyber Security; Risk Management and Disaster Recovery.

As a qualified and experienced assessor of both Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance, Morton uses his knowledge to steer TecSec in the delivery of right sized and comprehensive security and governance solutions to businesses of all sizes. Morton brings many years of first-hand experience working for and with businesses across multiple sectors to the client base at TecSec Services Ltd, offering a real understanding of their needs along with the solutions to best meet their requirements.

IT Support: https://www.tecsec.co.uk/managed-it-support
Cyber Essentials and IASME: https://www.tecsec.co.uk/nebrc/

Stewart Hogg

Stewart Hogg

Stewart joined Waterstons following the completion of a physics degree at Durham University. He has a keen interest in technology and utilises the problem-solving skills gained through his degree to provide innovative solutions to complex problems. Stewart has a strong interest in Information Security, Business Continuity and IT Service Management and through several years of experience as an IT Manager has developed these areas as a specialism.

Stewart now focuses on working with clients to help them align with security and continuity frameworks such as ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 by optimising the areas of people, processes and technologies to reduce risk and deliver business value.

Neil Peacock

Neil Peacock

NGS are a specialist cyber security services and support provider. In
addition to support and managed services, NGS can provide Cyber Essentials and IASME Governance certifications along with a Virtual CISO service, Cyber Risk Profiling and Security Posture Reviews.

Our resident CISO, Neil is (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in good standing with 20+ years in the IT industry. An excellent communicator, skilled in building effective long term relationships, driving business benefits, managing expectations and leading and motivating teams. Neil has the adaptability and capability required to deliver consistently high quality results in the challenging and fast moving digitally connected world.

Rick Jones

Rick Jones

Rick Jones is the CEO and co-founder at DigitalXRAID; he has an impressive
career spanning 20 years delivering cyber security strategies and network
security architecture to large corporate businesses across the UK.

Before launching DigitalXRAID, Rick ran a successful security consultancy where he honed his skills for developing and growing technology business.

Having both a technical and commercial mindset, Rick can spot an opportunity and nurture it into a market-leading offering. Having accomplished several globally recognised security qualifications and graduating the GoldmanSachs 10,000 small businesses with Oxford University, Said Business School, he is fully equipped with the knowledge and passion for steering DigitalXRAID on its continued path of success.

Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb

Michael Lamb is the founder of Vanguard Cyber Security, a consultancy offering Cyber Incident Response, Digital Forensics and Cloud Based Solutions. Michael has experience in government and global defence, with proven successes in developing malware analysis & cloud based forensics platforms for government.

Recently, Michael has been focusing on developing a cloud based incident response platform to aid SME's resilience. Outside of Vanguard, Michael also contributes time
as a British Army Reservist as a Communications Operator.

His entry into cyber security was via Northumbria University, where he attended the Computer & Digital Forensics course. His first experience in the industry was with the UK Government Cyber Security Apprenticeship scheme, followed up by attendance of SANS training courses. He is currently training to become a registered penetration tester.