Zortrex, the disruptive data security start-up and developer of Zortrex Token Vault, a unique, secure and scalable tokenisation system, has announced the appointment of ex-Anonymous hacker Mike Jones, as CISO.
The appointment of the former US military intelligence expert and reformed internet hacker, supports and advances Zortrex’s strategic aim to turn the tables on hackers; helping organisations to stem the rising tide of data breaches by closing security gaps and mitigating risk. Jones will play a key role in the launch of a range of cyber security education, consulting and threat risk assessment services.
Zortrex Chairwoman Susan Brown, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike to the board of Zortrex as we continue to strengthen and diversify our business and help organisations protect against increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks.”
Jones will design and deliver a comprehensive set of security services including military-grade security awareness training, pen testing, threat intelligence and vulnerability assessments; designed to help organisations and public sector agencies better address data security in an ever-changing threat landscape.
Security continues to become increasingly more complex and Jones believes that developing a greater understanding of cybersecurity is critical if organisations are to protect themselves against sophisticated cyber-attacks.
Lockdown saw cyber-attacks soar – the World Health Organisation reported a fivefold increase. Cyber criminals targeted both individuals and organisations, exploiting the vulnerability of home-based workers and capitalising on fear and chaos to propagate their scams.
“As we have seen in recent months, cyber threats are more prevalent than ever and show no sign of abating. The key to a good defence is knowing who and what you are defending against,” Jones said. “The increased threat surface combined with pressure on organisations to comply with a growing number of regulatory requirements, makes the requirement to identify vulnerabilities, understand and mitigate the risks, all the more critical.”
Zortrex’s suite of security services will focus on exposing weaknesses, providing organisations with greater understanding of the specific threats they face and educating employees to promote cyber-secure behaviour on the company network.