“In the intricate tapestry of cybersecurity, I’ve come to realise that our strength lies not just in defending against threats but in our unwavering commitment to outpace them”
Could you share some insights into your background and how you came to join GCX?
I joined GCX in September 2022 as the Security Product Director, bringing with me extensive experience from my previous role as the Global Head of Cyber Security at BT for almost a decade. This involved overseeing the design, implementation, and delivery of security solutions. At GCX, my primary focus is on leading the entire security product development cycle, aligning my expertise with the organisation’s mission. The prospect of collaborating with new partners and vendors within GCX greatly appealed to me, influencing my decision to undertake this role.
What motivates you in your role at GCX, and how do you maintain your inspiration?
What drives me every day at GCX is the chance to contribute to the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity. The dynamic landscape, shaped by the constant evolution of threats and technologies, keeps me inspired. To sustain this motivation, I stay connected with industry trends, collaborate with innovative minds, and continually seek opportunities for learning and growth.
Could you share a specific project or achievement that you are particularly proud of during your time at GCX?
I take pride in GCX’s substantial growth over the past 12 months, marked by the successful launch of cutting-edge products and cyber technologies. This includes additional SOC services encompassing managed SIEM and SOAR services, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), Attack Surface Management (ASM), Incident Response (IR); alongside Email Security, Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA), and a comprehensive suite of security consultancy services.
How do you approach challenges and overcome obstacles in your work?
Confronting challenges in the realm of cybersecurity demands a strategic mindset. I believe in thorough analysis, collaborative problem-solving, and a proactive approach to innovate solutions. Challenges are inherent in our domain, and viewing them as opportunities for improvement allows me to overcome obstacles effectively.
What role do your colleagues and team members play in your success at GCX?
The success at GCX is a collaborative effort, and my colleagues and team members play a pivotal role. Open communication, teamwork, and shared dedication contribute to our achievements. The diverse skill sets and perspectives within the team enhance the overall strength of our projects, fostering an environment of mutual support and growth.
How has your role evolved since joining GCX, and how have you grown as a professional?
As we venture into uncharted territory, where no Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) has been a pivotal force in innovation and forward-thinking, my role at GCX is evolving every day. The responsibilities have broadened, particularly in spearheading the development of groundbreaking products and fostering collaborations with partners and vendors. This continuous evolution presents a dynamic landscape, enabling me to grow as a professional by refining my strategic thinking, leadership skills, and staying abreast of industry knowledge.
What advice would you offer to new employees or those striving to excel in their careers at GCX?
For new employees or those striving to excel at GCX, I would advise maintaining a passion for innovation and staying adaptable in the face of evolving challenges. Additionally, it is crucial to be customer-focused. Embrace learning opportunities, foster strong relationships with colleagues, and contribute actively to the collaborative spirit of the organization. Being proactive, staying abreast of industry trends, and demonstrating a commitment to excellence, especially in serving our customers, will undoubtedly contribute to a successful and fulfilling career at GCX.
In closing, is there a thought you’d like to share on GCX’s cybersecurity journey?
In the intricate tapestry of cybersecurity, I’ve come to realise that our strength lies not just in defending against threats but in our unwavering commitment to outpace them. As we innovate and fortify at GCX, I believe that true security is not just a state but an ongoing journey of vigilance and adaptation. In the face of evolving challenges, our resilience echoes the sentiment, in the ever-shifting landscape of cybersecurity, our commitment is the anchor that secures a safer digital tomorrow.