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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

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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

Business Continuity 49.38
Business Strategy
Change Management 33.19
Customer Experience
Cybersecurity 33.00
Data Center
Design Thinking 30.10
Digital Disruption 30.14
Digital Transformation 30.16
Diversity and Inclusion
Future of Work
Leadership 30.12
Procurement 30.08
Project Management 30.33
Risk Management 43.84
Supply Chain 30.04
Culture 30.72
COVID19 32.31

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Oil & Gas
Professional Services
Travel & Transportation

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6 Article/Blogs
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 16, 2021
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: Business Continuity, Change Management, Risk Management

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
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
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

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

1 Webinar
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: COVID19, Cybersecurity, Risk Management




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