Simon has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, and co-founded Vertical Structure with Marc Dowie in 2006.
He has extensive experience helping companies understand how to grapple with the challenge of protecting themselves from threats and helping clients find solutions to their cyber security problems.
He helps organisations to understand their current security posture, their future goals and outlining how to achieve those goals. This includes working with companies on a long-term basis using coaching and mentoring techniques to help drive process improvement and provide external feedback.
Simon is a prolific public speaker. Recent presentations and panel sessions include “Protecting Manufacturing Assets from the increasing cybercrime threat - strategies to minimise cyber-attack”, and “Vulnerability reporting - the good, the bad and the ugly” at the ONE Conference 2021 in the Netherlands.
How and when is the best time to integrate security within the development lifecycle? We’ll bring forward stories and experiences of good practice and bad to highlight the issues which software delivery teams encounter.
Updated methods of development and deployment require updated security thinking to get technology live quickly and effectively and with reduced risks. In many cases the answer is less technology and more knowledge and power being provided to teams but with effective control, conversation and support from security teams.
|Cyber Runway Accelerator Panel discussing Clustering||Cyber Runway Regional Event Panel||January 2022|
|Strategies to minimise cyber-attack, from a moderated panel of Cyber experts||Protecting Manufacturing Assets from the increasing Cybercrime Threat||September 2021|
|Vulnerability reporting - the good, the bad and the ugly||ONE Conference 2021||September 2021|
|Compromising your cloud services for fun and profit||Liverpool Software Developers Meetup: Let’s talk Cyber Security||August 2021|
|How to manage a ransomware attack||Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce||June 2021|
|Building Cyber Security and Compliance into your Start-up||Building Cyber Security and Compliance into your Start-up||April 2021|
|Panel discussing opportunities in Northern Ireland||US-UK TECH OPPORTUNITIES: A LOOK AT BREXIT, UK-US FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS, AND EXPANSION OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLORADO TECH||April 2021|
|Cyber Security for everyone||Raise Ventures - Tech For Non Tech | Cybersecurity||January 2021|
|AWS and IAM||Liverpool Software Developer’s Meetup||January 2021|
|Securing Fintech||SECURING FINTECH||November 2020|
|Cyber Security: What Your Business Needs to Know||LCCC: Cyber Security Webinar - Protecting Your Business||July 2020|
|OUTSOURCING, 3rd PARTY AND SUPPLY CHAIN RISK||Evolve Resilience||July 2020|
|OUTSOURCING, 3rd PARTY AND SUPPLY CHAIN RISK||OUTSOURCING, 3rd PARTY AND SUPPLY CHAIN RISK||July 2020|
|NI Cyber and Fintech NI||NICyber Webinar||July 2020|
|Cyber Security: What Your Business Needs to Know||Cyber Security Webinar||June 2020|
|COVID-19 Webinar: Back to the Workplace - the key legal issues||NICyber Webinar||June 2020|
|NICyber CTF||NICyber Webinar||June 2020|
|Easy Privilege Escalation in AWS||nxnwTech V - Cyber||June 2020|
|What is the OWASP Top 10 …. and why does it matter? With Rapid7 and OWASP Belfast.||NICyber Webinar||June 2020|
|Cyber Security The Community & Voluntary Sector||NICVA - Cyber security webinar||May 2020|
|Building Operational Resilience||fscom webinar||May 2020|
|Finding New Business Opportunities During Covid-19||NICyber Webinar||April 2020|
|Payments and Pandemic - An updated look at the regulatory landscape||Payments and Pandemic - An updated look at the regulatory landscape||April 2020|
|Social distancing ≠ behaving distantly: growing the team & training clients remotely”||NICyber Webinar||April 2020|
|Remote working: how to work securely from home||NI Cyber Webinar||March 2020|
|10 things every organisation can do to protect themselves, their data and their employees||Arts & Business NI||November 2019|
|Cyber security: 3 things every Board should know to protect themselves and their employees||Governance Now||November 2019|
|Cloud application and infrastructure security||RebelCon||June 2019|
|Career conversations with women in cybersecurity||Digital DNA||June 2019|
|10 things every organisation can do to protect themselves, their data and their employees||A&B NI 2nd Annual Governance Conference – ‘Navigating the New Normal’||June 2019|
|Compromising AWS for fun and profit||Northern Ireland Developer Conference||June 2019|
|Compromising AWS® for fun and profit||Tech Connect Live Conference||May 2019|
|Cyber Security Industry in NI||BBC Cyber Skills Discussion||May 2019|
|Security Issues in the crypto world||4IRC Crypto-Assets: What are the challenges to wide spread adoption?||April 2019|
|Cyber Security Skills gap and Brexit uncertainty||Discussion on BBC Radio Ulster||March 2019|
|Cyber Security in 2019||Cyber Security Seminar hosted by Belfast City Centre Management||March 2019|
|Cyber Security, Risks & Threats||SmartGov||January 2019|
|DevOps Belfast: ‘AWS Certified Security - Speciality’ - A general overview||DevOps Belfast||November 2018|
|Leading the way for local businesses – cyber security breakfast||Cyber Security discussion with Danske Bank||September 2018|
|Cybersecurity is everyone’s job, not just the CISO||Digital dna||June 2018|
|Data (in)security in a Cloud Environment||Northern Ireland Developer Conference||June 2018|
|Panel session - Building a Cyber Resilient Culture||Beltech2018||May 2018|
|The dangers of working in Cyber Security||Bsides Belfast||September 2017|