North-east IT company Converged Communication Solutions has appointed cyber security expert Gerry Grant as its chief security officer.
Until recently, Gerry was the chief ethical hacker at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.
Converged , which has offices in Aberdeen and Inverness, is an independent IT support, telephony and internet service provider which was established in 2005.
It is an official partner of CityFibre’s Aberdeen project and has a strategic partnership with leading data centre provider brightsolid.
Grant is a graduate of Abertay University’s Ethical Hacking BSc degree course, who studied Business Studies at the Robert Gordon University. He will work with the existing cyber security team at Converged to better equip clients in fighting cyber attacks and test their networks to identity vulnerabilities.
Neil Christie, managing director of Converged, said: “Gerry is one of Scotland’s most respected cyber security experts and brings to Converged an unprecedented level of knowledge and understanding about hacking and how hackers operate.
“The way in which technology is now an intrinsic part of our lives means that we must maintain good cyber security practices at all times. Our clients will benefit from Gerry’s expertise.”
Grant contributed to the STV series Stopping Scotland’s Scammers and this month will address delegates at the Scot-Secure 2019 cyber security for business conference in Edinburgh, on March 27-28.
He said: “Joining Converged is an exciting move, which will allow me to directly support businesses, organisations and individuals in implementing the advice I’ve previously been giving.
“Improving cyber security is an ongoing process and doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive, and employees can be the first and best line of defence. The Cyber Essentials voucher scheme is an excellent opportunity for organisations to receive support in protecting their operations against cyber attacks.
“Cyber security is one of, if not the, biggest issue facing businesses today. Organisations need to appreciate that the data and information they hold is worth stealing and be aware of the methods that cyber criminals will employ to get it.
“There are simple steps that we can all take to protect our systems and ourselves – installing the latest updates and patches for example is a great starting point.”