Monday, March 4, 2024

Meet the Cybersecurity Defender of 2024 for EMEA


Once a year, Cisco selects leaders who exemplify the eagerness, tenacity, and information required to be a cybersecurity defender. We’re thrilled to announce the Cybersecurity Defender of 2024 for the EMEA area: Stuart Perkins, Operations Chief for the Cyber Prevents workforce at Vodafone.

From Networks to Cybersecurity

A graduate of London College, Stuart’s profession started on the Royal Air Pressure as an Engineering Officer. After serving, Stuart moved to the personal sector, the place he specialised in managing other applied sciences and technical groups. At Vodafone, a number one telecommunications corporate headquartered in the UK, Stuart is chargeable for the Community and Telco Platforms that offer coverage at the perimeter of the Vodafone property. Stuart leads a workforce of 100 staff throughout Europe and India and is the lead for Operational Highest Observe around the Cyber Save you workforce.

“You’re at the facet of doing the precise factor.”
– Stuart Perkins.

With a background in development and configuring networks and working out and securing the ones networks, Stuart has been fascinated with exploring the massive quantity of information to be had in cybersecurity. Studying extra about risk actors and what they’re doing in the course of the more than one equipment he makes use of, piques Stuart’s passion. On the other hand, what issues maximum to Stuart about cybersecurity is that “you’re at the facet of doing the precise factor, creating a distinction, and fighting other people with malevolent intent from being a hit,” he mentioned.

The community by no means lies.

Stuart is devoted to including worth and bettering reports for colleagues and shoppers who depend on Vodafone to behavior trade securely. Stuart’s workforce manages to safe tens of 1000’s of gadgets internally and lots of thousand gadgets inside of their endeavor house. For the reason that Vodafone is thwarting tens to masses of tens of millions of threats relying at the day, Stuart is energized by way of his collaboration with Cisco and having the ability to analyze knowledge to get detailed perception into risk actors.

“The usage of the MITRE assault Framework, we’ve in fact been in a position to map from Cisco’s intelligence what the ones quite a lot of assaults are making an attempt to do and the place they are compatible into the framework,” he mentioned. Stuart unearths this paintings “distinctive and groundbreaking” for each Vodafone and Cisco in that “we’re the use of the fringe of our infrastructure as a sensor to know what individuals are seeking to do in opposition to us and what their goals are and get started to have a look at spaces the place we want to bolster the defenses.”

Given Stuart’s community background, what excites him about partnering with Cisco is Cisco’s historical past of community capacity. In a up to date name with Cisco colleagues, an concept that specifically struck Stuart was once that the community by no means lies. “Cisco is giving me perception to peer the visitors flows throughout our infrastructure. The usage of the MITRE mapping is helping us briefly assess and act on any indicators, while our blocking off movements are nice, we all know that some cyber assaults will likely be a hit. Our challenge is to give protection to shoppers, colleagues, and society from this kind of criminality,” he mentioned.

Stuart’s dedication to infrastructure safety is mirrored in Vodafone’s use of the MITRE ATT&CK framework and Cisco Safety answers. Through leveraging those equipment, Vodafone is in a position to block tens of tens of millions of malicious makes an attempt every day. This degree of safety effectiveness protects Vodafone’s techniques and complements the client enjoy by way of making sure that problems are handled promptly.

Empowering the following era of cybersecurity defenders

Stuart’s hobby for his paintings extends to empowering his workforce participants to develop into the following era of cybersecurity defenders. As there’s a important cohort of early-in-career individuals beginning their careers at Vodafone, it’s an important to Stuart that his staff have abundant coaching alternatives and engaging issues to paintings on in each community tooling and reporting. The workforce may be enthusiastic about an upcoming Cyber Vary coaching with Cisco Talos’s Danger Intelligence workforce.

One thing Stuart is proudest of is the transformation of his workforce turning into extra proactive about their platforms and extra curious in regards to the knowledge gleaned from indicators. This focal point and collaboration have resulted in much less time on calls on account of the workforce’s due diligence.

The workforce of peers at Vodafone who’ve labored intently with Stuart are so pleased with this success, they believe it’s really well deserved. His challenge focal point and the enjoy he makes use of to train others are so vital to us.

Congratulations, Stuart! All of us have the benefit of your contributions to the sector.

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