Act Now Expands its Cyber Security Team


Cyber security is one of the Information Commissioner’s regulatory priorities; not surprising when you consider the Notices of Intent (to fine) issued by the ICO on British Airways and Marriott International. Recently we learnt that two companies involved in building emergency coronavirus hospitals have been hit by cyber-attacks. Cyber security is an important subject that Data Protection Officers need to understand to be able to fulfil their role effectively.

Act Now Training is pleased to announce that leading cyber security expert, Olu Odeniyi has joined its team of associates. Olu is a Cyber Security, Information Security and Digital Transformation Trusted Advisor who has 30 years’ experience. During this time, he has held several key senior leadership, strategic and operational positions, in the public and private sectors. As a former trustee of three charities, Olu held the roles of Technical Lead, Treasurer and Chair, where he was responsible for regulatory compliance, operational and project risk management.

Recent projects delivered by Olu include investigation of cyber related breaches, analysis of organisations’ cyber security postures and in-depth risk assessments. Olu has advised companies on requirements for attaining the government backed cyber essentials certification and the coveted ISO 27001 Information Security Management.
Workshops, presentations and lectures at the University of West London were given by Olu on topics such as information security and digital transformation.

At the University’s Enterprise Hub, Olu guided start-up companies on cyber security issues ranging from processes to technical considerations – he continues to support and mentor such companies. Analysis of academic cyber security research on novel ways to secure IoT (Internet of Things) devices using artificial intelligence concluded with Olu reporting his findings to the University.

Olu speaks at various conferences and information sessions on information governance and cyber security. In February this year, Olu spoke at the PrivSec Conference on ‘Deepfakes’ (hyper realistic synthetic video/audio generated by deep neural networks) to a packed theatre at the QEII conference centre in London. The session was hosted within the Threat Intelligence theatre with other speakers such as Mike Hulett, Head of Operations at National Crime Agency (NCA).

Olu is a professional member of the BCS (British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute for IT) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Within the BCS, Olu is a member of the Information Risk Management and Assurance (IRMA), Information Security, Artificial Intelligence and the Cybercrime Forensics specialist interest groups. Olu said:

“I am delighted to be joining the Act Now teamlook forward to using my cyber security and digital transformation expertise to help Data Protection Officers understand and overcome the cyber challenges their organisations face. Over the coming months I will be developing practical online training courses that delegates can take from the comfort of their office 

Ibrahim Hasan, solicitor and director of Act Now Training, said:

“Olu’s reputation proceeds him. His expert knowledge coupled with experience of working for a range or organisations will help us expand our cyber security services. Together with our other cyber expert, Steven Cockroft, we are confident that we will be able to service the increasingly complex cyber needs of clients.”

In addition to training, Olu can help your organisation with personal data breaches, PEN testing, incident management, breach reporting and incident responses. Olu can also act as an outsourced or interim Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or a Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Olu will be a delivering a free webinar on “Introduction to Cyber Security for DPOs on 26th May 2020 (11am). Places are limited so please book early. Our GDPR Update is ideal for those looking to keep abreast of the latest GDPR developments. Finally, the GDPR Practitioner Certificate course is now available as an online option and filling fast.

Act Now Expands its Data Protection Team and Welcomes Kirsty Squires

Act Now Training is pleased to announce that data protection specialist, Kirsty Squires, has joined its team of associates. Ibrahim Hasan, solicitor and director of Act Now Training, said:

“I am very pleased that Kirsty has joined our team. We were impressed with her ability to explain difficult subjects in a simple jargon-free way with a dash of humour. Her data protection knowledge coupled with real world experience will help us expand our consultancy services and deliver more online and classroom-based workshops to our clients.”

Kirsty is currently the Data Protection Officer for East Northamptonshire Council.
Her job includes developing and delivering a range of bespoke practical training to staff, councillors and partners on a range of subjects including handling complex subject access requests, redaction and publication of data, and GDPR essentials for councillors. Kirsty developed and implemented the council’s GDPR readiness plan and some tools for data flow mapping and ROPA/IAR development and maintenance. She continues to support the authority in developing its data protection culture and its response to COVID-19.

Kirsty’s previous roles in project management, transformation and change, and business analysis have often included managing data protection and information governance projects in the public sector. She has worked with a wide range of services including children’s services/social care, ICT security/PSN compliance, community development/safety, social housing, waste management, contracts and procurement and human resources in both the public and private sectors.

Kirsty also supports the development of information governance and data protection practices for the Future Northants Unitary programme. She leads on the training and policy development elements of information governance for the new unitary authorities in Northamptonshire. Kirsty said:

“I am delighted to be joining Act Now family. Act Now has a great reputation as leaders in the field of information governance. I am particularly excited about adding to their range of interactive online workshops.”

Kirsty will be a delivering a free webinar on Managing Data Protection Risk on 13th May 2020.  Places are limited so please book early. For those looking for a GDPR qualification from the comfort of their home office, our GDPR Practitioner Certificate course is now available as an online option.

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