Simon Whittaker

Simon Whittaker

I provide security services & security training to organisations of all sizes, my strong background in both development & System/Network Administration provides a great view on how best to both compromise and secure required services & applications.

The majority of my work involves working with companies to perform penetration & security testing, test and improve secure coding practices and provide security consultancy to companies that are keen to improve their processes & procedures.

I have great experience in developing & implementing efficient and effective practices across all sections of an organisation to assist with securing and retaining external quality recognition such as ISO27001, CyberEssentials and CSA STAR.

I help your company to understand their current security posture, their future goals and outlining how to achieve those goals. This includes working with companies on a long-term basis using coaching and mentoring techniques to help drive process improvement and provide external feedback.

Twitter: @Vsltd

Biographies for publication

Short biography

Simon is Cyber Security Director at Vertical Structure, an established company providing cyber security related services and training. The majority of his work involves consulting with companies to perform security and penetration testing and helping improve processes and procedures.

He also runs training events to help developers improve their secure coding practices, especially in Cloud applications.

All of Simon’s work is based around the principles of Prepare, Protect, Persist® - whereby clients are prepared to encounter security threats through training, protected through identifying / resolving issues and persisting the resilience through certification and ongoing consulting.

Full biography

Simon is Cyber Security Director at Vertical Structure Ltd who are an established Belfast based cyber security and information assurance firm. Services include security consulting, testing & training to clients including small start-ups and large multi national organisations.

The majority of Simon’s work involves working with companies to perform penetration & security testing, improving secure coding practices and providing knowledgeable and efficient security consultancy to companies that are keen to drive growth and improve their processes & procedures through the principles of Prepare, Protect, Persist®

Prepare We help you and your partners to understand how to identify and resolve potential security issues at the earliest stages with hands on ‘hack yourself first’, threat modelling and GDPR compliance workshops as well as security training for non-technical colleagues.

Protect Using automated and manual penetration testing techniques, we provide a comprehensive security report for your Web and mobile applications, including API testing, and networks. The report highlights potential issues and their resolutions.

Persist We ensure that your organisation benefits from continual improvements in security levels through information assurance processes, auditing and certification including ISO27001:2013 and Cyber Essentials.