European Chief Information Security Officer of the year leaves HMRC for UK Tech start up

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DP Governance comes to market by announcing the appointment of Ed Tucker to the role of Chief Information Officer.

DP Governance Limited (DPG) have formally announced the appointment of Ed Tucker (former head of Cyber Security at HMRC) to the role of Chief Information Officer signalling their move from the shadows into the main stream Data Protection market space.

Many will be surprised that Tucker has joined a start-up given that his personal stock is at a career high thanks to winning three major security awards in 2017, European Chief Information Security Officer of the Year, UK Security Professional of the Year, and Security Leader of the Year but Tucker explains:

“Those who know me would undoubtedly describe me as disruptive as I tend to just want to get things done and if things get in my way I tend to go through them. Having known many of my new colleagues via previous roles for many years, I was first aware of DPG in 2014 when I was asked to critique an early version of the proposition. What surprised me was how aligned their thinking was about what the market really needed. Rather than being caught up in GDPR, DPG were thinking way ahead of the curve and looking at sustainable Data Protection across all possible vulnerabilities”

COO, Steve Mellings picks up the story; “We started building DPG’s IP set in 2013 and as we evolved we reached out to industry thought leaders to get some informal opinion. Ed, as usual, offered some rambunctious insight which was no less than I’d come to expect from him but for those at DPG new to Ed this set him aside from many who seem to repeat or follow rather than lead. As a company looking to disrupt the market place, when it came to the hiring cycle, I felt there was no better place to start than with Ed. Of course, if we’d got to him before his three awards the negotiation may have been a little easier on us!”

Tucker says; “Businesses have to get better with data. In order to maximise business value and drive true efficiencies then you have to fully understand your data, the interactions, relationships, ontologies and models. This is how you get to the heart of a successful transformation programme. GDPR of course sits as a spectre to a successful outcome of being a data driven business. This need not be the case and I think DPG have a solution that ensures data protection activities are not only commensurate to threat and risk, but also facilitates the business to achieve its goals through effective use of data.”

DPG has developed a Knowledge Base called Parsyfal® which now includes over 5000 question sets which can be deployed via their Pathfinder® software to enable organisations to interrogate over 85 different business processes. Fully customisable, Parsyfal® can offer a complete 360° assessment of all operational and technical vulnerabilities which may exist within the business or can be customised to provide compliance GAP Analysis for requirements such as GDPR, PCI DSS, NIS and ISO 27001

Sign up for Ed’s weekly Podcast or to attend DPG’s Data Protection Forum by contacting events(at)dpgovernance(dot)com

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