Meet July's Cloud Champion

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    Monday10Jul 2017

    Congratulations Tony Richards, CTO, CISO, Cyber and Cloud Security Strategist for Securestorm Ltd on becoming techUK's July Cloud Champion!

techUK's 'Cloud Champion' campaign showcases technology leaders that are playing a leadership role in championing and supporting organisation’s move to the cloud. The campaign will highlight best practice by leaders that are creating cloud enabled organisations, across all sectors, and a cloud driven workforce that will be vital for the UK’s digital future.

This campaign follows the launch of techUK's Cloud 2020 Vision for keeping the UK at the forefront of Cloud adoption which highlighted the importance of supporting organisations given the cultural shift required to optimise the use of cloud.

A new techUK 'Cloud Champion’ will be chosen every month, so if you would like to nominate a friend or colleague to be the next 'Cloud Champion' please drop Sue Daley a line with a bit of information about them!

July's Cloud Champion is Tony Richards, CTO, CISO, Cyber and Cloud Security Strategist for Securestorm Ltd.

Read on for a little taster and find the full interview below.

Tony RichardsWhat is your current role and responsibilities?

Internally, I am a CTO, CISO, Cyber and Cloud Security Strategist for Securestorm Ltd., responsible for delivering knowledge directly to clients as a subject matter expert and trusted advisor. I lead a team of consultants and security staff across multiple locations, projects, and clients. I also develop new channels and market opportunities as well ensure company presence on a range of UK government procurement frameworks, such as NCSC, G-Cloud, Cyber Security Services, etc.

Externally, I work with clients in the capacity of CISO, Head of Security to name as examples for various high-profile Government organisations and provide a range of expertise from risk management to supervision of security teams or 3rd party liaisons and undertaking organisation-wide security assessments and recommendations.

What does a typical day involve?

I don’t think I have what you could call a ‘typical day’. I could be working at a client location particularly within the Central Government where I advise and help solve Cloud and Cyber security challenges. I may also be working to build a pipeline of opportunities and engage with other Securestorm clients. Additionally, I manage a team of Securestorm security personnel on a multitude of other client projects so I may be collaborating with them and the customer to ensure our usual excellent standards are being upheld.

As a strong cloud advocate, I constantly develop and release thought-leadership and resources. I also engage with other industry counter-parts at events, networking sessions or as member of cloud expert groups as well as contributing to research efforts by working with our partner organisations. I’m passionate about improving the skill sets of all the staff at Securestorm so we all actively partake in many different training opportunities and gaining industry certifications.

What do you most enjoy about your work?

I enjoy the versatility of my work and environment. The cloud & cyber world is ever-changing with new developments as well as imminent threats. As an industry professional and practitioner, my learning and development does not stop. I look for new ways to solve security challenges for the community. I also particularly enjoy problem solving and thus engage in constantly creating content such as blogs, best practices, frameworks, resources, and applications to support the industry.

How have you supported the organisations adoption and implementation of cloud?

My role is to promote the implementation of cloud by eliminating the negative perception around it especially when it comes to Cloud Security. I work closely with Government organisations advising, assessing, and recommending the best course of action to ensure a smooth transition when migrating into cloud.

Additionally, I also support and contribute to thought-leadership and research papers focused on Cloud that help remove misconceptions about cloud and help drive an overall positive message to the industry.

Tony gave more detailed answers to these and other questions which you can read by clicking below.

For more information and to nominate a techUK 'Cloud Champion' please contact Sue Daley.

Cloud Champion July (pdf)

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