John is a writer, a CISSP, PCIP & CCSK Certified Cybersecurity Consultant, a PCI-DSS qualified professional, and a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec)
He works for an International offshore Bank and previously spent many years working in Automotive Security, with the last twenty years in IT & Information Security within the Banking, Financial, and Logistics service sectors. Before the 2008 financial crash, he walked the Trade floor of Bear Stearns International in One Canada Square, Canary Wharf.
John has successfully implemented a Secure-SDLC; he’s responsible for Security Oversight for projects across all jurisdictions. Including governance, compliance, system design decisions, implementations, vendor relationships, and so much more.
'I’ve witnessed first-hand the effects of crime, specifically the aftermath of crime. I remember the look on my dad’s face the morning he opened the curtains to see that criminals had taken his pride and joy. I had a similar expression when thieves stole my shiny new bike from outside the local NatWest bank - I’d left it for less than 5 minutes!'
Before having a cybersecurity career, John spent many years attending crime scenes, specifically automotive crime, picking up the pieces in conjunction with Law Enforcement and other Emergency services. Initially, working as a security product specialist and incident responder, then as an incident manager across central London.
'At a deep level, security has always been top of mind for me; it’s in my nature to ask questions, be curious, and be vigilant. This ‘Security Mindset’ translates into Zero tolerance for any crime, especially cybercrime, and a Zero Trust by Design viewpoint.'
John's creative fuse was lit after submitting a short piece for a slogan competition in ‘Manchester Life.’ His prize-winning entry became the catalyst needed to launch his creative writing journey.
'I've studied courses with the UK-based Writers Bureau, been a local Jersey Writer's group member, and have taken part in many online writing weekends and Guardian Masterclasses. Today, I write content for Techopedia and multiple technology companies in the U.S and Canada. I've been featured in the Information Security Magazine and Writers & Artists.co.uk.'
With a passion for creative writing and a fascination for anything cyber-related, John is writing a Security Study Guide and his first work of fiction, a Cyber thriller novel.
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