Dionach, a global information security consultancy with offices in Lowry Mill, Swinton in Manchester, has appointed a former senior lecturer from the University of Salford as a consultant within their rapidly expanding security testing team.
Dr Kate Booth lectured in Physics and Computer Network Systems for over two decades before retraining at the prestigious SANS Cyber Academy, funded by the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme. After gaining hands-on experience in digital forensics and network security, she joins Dionach’s team of nine staff in Manchester to help the company’s clients mitigate the growing plethora of risks associated with their IT infrastructure and applications.
Kate comments: “I’m delighted to join Dionach and have the opportunity to work alongside such talented, knowledgeable and experienced security professionals.
“Information security is such a dynamic field to work in because new threats (or indeed more potent versions of existing threats) are constantly emerging. I’m involved in helping organisations reduce the likelihood and impact of a cyber attack as well as preparing their response mechanisms.
“Addressing risk from every angle – technical, physical and social – is crucial because any technical safeguards will be undermined if your people aren’t trained properly, for instance to check the identity of strangers entering the office, spot malicious emails or create secure passwords.”
Rob Embers, Chief Commercial Officer at Dionach, comments: “Kate is proving to be a fantastic addition to the team, and our clients are already benefitting from her experience, technical flair, level-headed attitude and obvious commitment to the role.
“This is the latest in a series of new appointments we’ve made across the business as a result of rising demand for IT security assurance, compliance and response services. Companies of all sizes are increasingly fearful of the financial, reputational and commercial consequences of a data breach or cyber attack – especially in view of the new data protection regulation (GDPR) – and are keen to explore the latest tools and techniques to reduce their vulnerability.”
Dionach has been at the forefront of the information security industry for over 20 years. Current clients in the North West include MoneySuperMarket, Charities Trust, ResponseTap and NHS Digital.
Employing 73 staff worldwide, the company holds industry-leading certifications including CREST, PCI and ISO 27001. Remaining independent in the market, Dionach is able to provide objective guidance and solutions to best match the security needs of its clients without relying on vendor partnerships or reseller agreements.