Meet The Team

Stephen Grove

CISSP CISM CISA CRISC CCSA

Principal Consultant, Director & Founder

I have over 25 years’ experience in Information Security and Risk Management, in the UK and New Zealand.  I have helped organisations navigate the complexities of security and risk issues, effectively managed resources, and delivered on outcomes that have aligned with the business strategies, whilst maximizing the return from their security investments.

My background in FSI, Public Sector and Retail businesses operating in large scale environments, has provided the experiences and depth of capability required to provide leadership in the security and risk disciplines, including Head of Information Security for the Ministry of Justice.

Most recently I have been engaged by the Department of Internal Affairs as Security Lead for both the Technology Baseline, and Core Technology Uplift program’s and also Security Certification & Accreditation activity for various DIA systems.

Jeff Grove

CISSP MENSA

Senior Security Consultant

Hi I am an Information Security Consultant with 30+ yrs experience, CISSP qualified in Information Security – Risk Management, and a member of Mensa.

Specialties: Information Security, Privacy, Risk Management, Certification & Accreditation, Governance, PSR – NZISM, ISO27k and Operational Security Management.

Most recently I have been working for the Inland Revenue Department designing and implementing the Security Certification & Accreditation processes for their ICT Systems, and also the Ministry of Education with their Security and Risk program.

Brett Dale

Senior Security Consultant

Hi I am an Information Security Consultant with 20+ yrs experience with the Windows platform, Client and Server technologies.

Specialties: Information Security, Privacy, Credential Management, Active Directory, Identity & Access, SIEM integration, Patch & Vulnerability Management, System Certification & Accreditation.

Most recently I have been working for the NZ Police, and also the Ministry of Education with their Security and Risk program.

My other work covers a variety of information security, Certification & Accreditation, Identity & Access on mainly Windows based systems.

Gert Smit

SABSA CISM

Senior Security Consultant

Hi I am an Information Security Consultant with 20+ yrs experience with Information Security, Security Project Management and Operational Security.

Specialities: Cloud Technologies, Security Programme Management, Agile Security Frameworks, Operational Security, Governance, System Certification & Accreditation.

Most recently I have been working for the Department of Internal Affairs leading security their systems transformation program.

My other work covers a variety of operational leadership and security programme management roles,  Certification & Accreditation process and consultancy.

Aylwin Yap

SABSA SCF CCSE CTCE FCNSE JNCIA

Senior Network Security Consultant

Hi I am a Network Security and Testing Consultant with 15+ yrs experience in secure network design, implementation and operations.

Specialities: Cloud Technologies, Network Security analysis, design and remediation, Security testing, Firewall management and operations, Security Architecture and Consultancy.

Most recently I have been working for the Earthquake Commission leading a network security remediation engagement.

My other work covers a variety of operational leadership, security architecture, network security remediation,  and consultancy.

Satya Vasomsetti

GIAC ITIL AGILE RHCE MCSEPC WinSvr

Senior Penetration Testing Consultant

Hi I am a Security Testing Consultant with 15+ yrs experience in computer engineering, systems design, application security and operations.

Specialities: Windows, Linux, VM Ware, Solaris, Oracle, Cloud Technologies, Application Security and security penetration testing.

Most recently I have been working for the Datacom leading Windows and Application security engagements, and am currently the lead security testing consultant for a large transformation project.

I am a Certified consultant and hold the current credentials:

Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Linux 

GIAC Critical Controls Certification – GCCC Information Security 

ITIL V3 Foundation Certificate® IT Service Management 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Private Cloud, Win Svr, Win 7 

Agile Scrum Foundation® Agile Methodology

Neil Owen

CISSP CEH MSCE MCP CompTIA NZCE

Senior Security Consultant

Hi I am a Security Consultant with 20+ yrs experience in computer security engineering and design.

Specialities: Microsoft, Cloud Technologies, Security Design & Configuration and Penetration Testing.

Most recently I have been leading the Cloud adoption strategy and re-writing various security policy components for Government agencies.

I am a Certified Consultant with a great deal of experience and expertise with Cloud based technologies and the adoption of various Cloud platforms and services.

Ranjan Jeyathas

CDPSE CRISC CCSK NSE4 PCI/DSS VBUCM

Senior Security Consultant

Hi I am a Security Consultant with 15+ yrs experience in computer security engineering and consulting

Specialities: Cloud Technologies, Firewall, Network & Infrastructure Security, Agile & Waterfall Security Assurance.

Most recently I have been engaged in a major transformation program providing consultancy and assurance activities for NZISM security certification of various Cloud based applications and services.  I am a Certified Consultant with a great deal of experience and expertise with Cloud based technologies and the adoption of various Cloud platforms and services.

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