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Oscar O'Connor

Founder & Chief Storyteller at Oscar O'Connor & Company Limited

Oxford, United Kingdom

After more than 30 years working in information technology and (cyber) security I have developed a passion for ensuring customers get what they need from the technology products and services they invest so heavily in. I believe very strongly that customers should be entitled to expect systems to be secure, resilient and should have performance, sustainability, security and privacy designed in from the earliest concept stages.

I can and will help you see through the snake oil, smoke and mirrors to turn your aspirations into achievable, structured and fully costed strategies, tactics and plans on whatever scale is appropriate to your business. I want to help you articulate why you do what you do, help you enthuse and captivate your people and external stakeholders to deliver tangible, beneficial growth. I am particularly interested in working with B Corporations where purpose has an equal priority to profit.

I have seen the benefits of this approach on numerous occasions during my career, but sadly it is not always compatible with corporate objectives prioritising shareholder value over customer success and employee wellbeing. I happily admit that initial costs for most projects would increase, but know from experience that the lifetime costs will be dramatically lower.

The experience for team members in this approach is also massively and demonstrably improved as they have fewer fires to fight and errors to correct so can spend their time and energy making the small and regular improvements that keep our products and services delivering success for our customers.

If you want to talk about how to make this inclusive, aware and people-focused approach to delivering customer success - let’s talk. I am open to part-time advisory and non-executive roles at flexible rates.

Bringing together people, processes and technology to deliver business outcomes is my prime speciality and I am looking to share my experience as a board advisor or NED with technology-dependent organisations needing to grow without compromising the safety, security, resilience or wellbeing of their staff, customers and suppliers

Key skillsets:
- Information technology
- Cybersecurity
- Risk management
- Business continuity and operational resilience
- Security architecture
- Cloud security
- Network security
- Application Security
- Identity and Access Management
- Infrastructure Security
- Data Protection & Privacy
- Coaching and mentoring
- Leadership
- Profitability
- Professional services

In terms of professorial credentials, I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security and the Business Continuity Institute, a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, Fellow of the RSA, Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer.

I have been published by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), Continuity Insurance and Risk, and IT Week amongst others and has spoken at conferences and seminars on Information Security, Risk Management and Business Continuity for organisations such as the CBI, the BCI, the BCS, IAAC, SASIG, the Superyacht Security Forum, and the Public Policy Exchange.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Oxford, United Kingdom
Speaking Topics: cybersecurity, sustainability & resilience, risk management

Speaking Fee $5,000

Oscar O'Connor Points
Academic 0
Author 84
Influencer 31
Speaker 53
Entrepreneur 0
Total 168

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Theatre: UK and Europe
Media Experience: 25
Last Media Training: 12/31/1969
Last Media Interview: 08/02/2021

Areas of Expertise

Agile
Business Continuity 43.69
Business Strategy
Change Management 32.69
Cloud
CSR
Customer Experience
Cybersecurity 36.74
Data Center
Design Thinking 30.10
Digital Disruption 30.14
Digital Transformation 30.07
Diversity and Inclusion
Future of Work
Innovation
IoT
Leadership 30.12
Management
Marketing
Privacy
Procurement 30.08
Project Management 30.33
Retail
Risk Management 48.45
Sales
Startups
Sustainability
Supply Chain 30.04
Culture 33.34
COVID19 32.31
Security 49

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Automotive
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Insurance
Manufacturing
Media
Oil & Gas
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Travel & Transportation
Utilities

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Publications

9 Article/Blogs
Seeing the forest, focusing on the trees
The Cyber Eagles Podcast
January 07, 2022
This blog is about understanding, assessing and managing risk. We chose the title because it encapsulates one of the essential factors in effective risk management - understanding the context in which risk might materialise. It also implies that there will be different perspectives from different individuals.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Culture, Risk Management

What are we not seeing?
The Cyber Eagles Podcast
December 03, 2021
One of the most frustrating aspects of the cybersecurity landscape is the number of risk factors that are not visible at ground level, particularly those related to human factors.

As humans, the way we view, assess and manage risk is quite different across countries, regions, cultures, sectors, organisations, and even teams within the same organisation. Typically, risk management in cyber security has been focused on technical risk rather than business or human factors.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Culture, Security

A common sense approach to risk management
The Cyber Eagles Podcast
November 24, 2021
There are circumstances, for example in complex systems engineering, where there are extensive sources of data on mean time between failures and so on which can support detailed and scientific assessment of risk. The purpose of this paper is to help people new to risk assessment and management to approach the discipline for a business, a charity, a project or other endeavour where such data are neither available nor particularly relevant.

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Why Security needs to stop blaming the end user
British Computer Society
September 14, 2021
An appeal to the technology industries to embed security and privacy into all systems from the design stage and stop placing the blame for security incidents so consistently at the door of the end user, when a major proportion of such attacks could and should have been prevented before the user ever saw the tempting link, file or whatever.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Design Thinking, Culture

Playing The Triangles (Part 2) – A New Approach to Business Transformation
Corix Partners
July 22, 2021
A New Approach for a Changing World?
The hardships and privations of 15 months (and counting) of pandemic lockdown in many developed countries has forced leaders in government, politics, industry, manufactures and commerce to adopt unfamiliar and, in some cases, unwelcome changes in approach.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Leadership

Playing The Triangles (Part 1) – Experiences of the Dynamics of Business Transformation
Corix Partners
July 15, 2021
When I started out in project management, my first mentor taught me about the mislabelled “Project Manager’s Dilemma”. He used to summarise it as being able to deliver a project or product quickly, cheaply or of high quality… but I could only pick two.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Change Management

Security & Resilience post COVID
The Security Company (International) Limited
June 14, 2021
An assessment of the lessons that could be learned for cybersecurity and business resilience as a result of the experiences of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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Tags: Business Continuity, COVID19, Cybersecurity

Connecting the dots; behaviour, reputation and the skills shortage
British Computer Society
July 06, 2015
An experience-based article on the issues affecting the ability of the technology sector to attract and retain new entrants due to the poor reputation of the sector for major failures, including an assessment of some of the behavioural factors contributing to those failures.

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Tags: Change Management, Procurement, Project Management

Standards in the Supply Chain
Business Continuity Institute
July 02, 2007
An experience-based article on the benefits of consistent application of standards for security, continuity, risk management etc up and down the supply chain.

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Tags: Business Continuity, Risk Management, Supply Chain

1 Book
PAS 77: Code of Practice for IT Service Continuity Management
British Standards Institution
August 11, 2006
The first informal standard for IT Service Continuity Management. Within 18 months this was upgraded to become a formal standard BS25777.

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Tags: Change Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity

2 Keynotes
Engaging with the National Cyber Security Strategy: Working in Partnership to Reduce Risk in the Digital Age
Public Policy Exchange
May 23, 2017
Keynote presentation on how industry, academia and the civil society need to engage effectively with the national cyber security strategy in order for it to be successful.

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Information Security at Sea
ECDIS Forum
March 08, 2012
An assessment of the factors affecting cybersecurity in the super- and mega-yacht sector.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Risk Management

1 Media Interview
Oscar O'Connor and JC Gaillard on Security Transformation, Covid-19, People and Trust
Anchor
August 12, 2021
JC Gaillard is joined by Oscar O'Connor to discuss "Playing the Triangles", his latest piece on the Corix Partners blog: A reflection on business and security transformation dynamics in the post-covid era

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, Leadership

5 Podcasts
The Cyber Eagles Podcast
The Cyber Eagles Podcast
December 03, 2021
he Cyber Eagles Podcast, the only place where you will hear a people-centric narrative about building safer cyber security cultures. Oscar is a vastly experienced cybersecurity leader with a track record of helping organizations manage cyber risk. Nadja is a former Senior Executive at NATO, the world’s largest security and crisis management organization, who dealt with cyber risk as if lives depended on it.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Culture, Security

Cyber Eagles Festive Special
Spotify
December 03, 2021
Oscar & Nadja talk about the risks and scams to be aware of around the festive period

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Culture, Security

What are we not seeing?
Spotify
November 29, 2021
Oscar & Nadja talk about what we are not seeing in Cyber Security.

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Security

Where do we begin?
Spotify
November 29, 2021
Oscar & Nadja talk about stakeholder engagement

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Security

Welcome to the Cyber Eagle Podcast
Spotify
November 09, 2021
The place to hear a people-centric narrative about building safer cyber security cultures.

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Security

1 Speaking Engagement
Could cybercrime kill the information age?
eCrime Congress
April 12, 2013
An assessment of the advance of cybercrime and the risks it poses to the ongoing development and spread of information services for business, commerce, leisure, entertainment and sociability

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Digital Disruption, Risk Management

10 Webinars
Focus on long-term vision with short-term tactics
Spotify
January 07, 2022
A discussion on how our short-term risk and cybersecurity management tactics must always be informed by the overall long-term vision

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Culture, Risk Management

Stop appealing to fear
Spotify
December 20, 2021
A discussion on stakeholder engagement and how the old tactics of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt have no place in a modern conversation about security and risk management solutions

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Culture, Risk Management

Why laser-focus eyesight matters
Spotify
December 13, 2021
A discussion on how the ability to focus on specific targets without being distracted by surrounding events can make the difference between success and failure

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Seeing the forest, focusing on the trees
Spotify
December 06, 2021
A discussion on how specific tasks always must be viewed in their proper and actual context so that as the context evolves, so can the actions to reflect those changes

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable
Spotify
December 06, 2021
A discussion on how cyber threats evolve at such a pace and at such volume that we cannot ever afford to relax and consider our work complete, including coping strategies and ways in which we can thrive on ambiguity and constant change

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Cyber Eagles Festive Special
Spotify
December 06, 2021
A discussion on how we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe online

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Where do we begin
Spotify
December 06, 2021
A discussion on how to get started with cybersecurity and risk management

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

What are we not seeing?
Spotify
December 06, 2021
A discussion on how cybersecurity threats are not always obvious and how to cope with that unpleasant reality

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Welcome to the Cyber Eagles Podcast
Spotify
December 06, 2021
Introducing the Cyber Eagles and our desire to discuss and manage cybersecurity from a human perspective

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Tags: Culture, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

Lessons for security and resilience from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Security Awareness Special Interest Group
June 23, 2021
Reflections on how working life for a security and resilience professional has changed through the period of the pandemic, and how the wider world of work in the knowledge economy has changed, discussing some of the lessons that the security and resilience sector could learn from this experience.

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Tags: Risk Management, COVID19, Security

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