One of the country’s leading cyber-security experts, based in Dorset, has been made a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec).
Matt Horan, security director of C3IA Solutions, has been recognised as one of the outstanding industry leaders in the information security profession.
CIISec is the only dedicated information security institution to have been granted Royal Charter status.
It is dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information security, and a fellowship is the highest level of attainment.
A fellowship shows that the recipient has demonstrated leadership within the industry, eminence, authority and seniority as well as their contribution to the profession.
Matt, a former Royal Signaller, formed C3IA Solutions in Poole with colleague Keith Parsons more than a decade ago.
It began as a specialist business working for government departments, but has since grown into the private sector and works around the world.
Matt said: “It was a great achievement to reach fellowship status – and I hope it demonstrates my level of understanding and the input I have made over the years in my profession.
“CIISec is the only institution that focusses purely on cyber security and provides a structured approach to professional development for the industry within the UK.
“Rightly it is a rigorous process to become a fellow, but any involvement in CIISec ought to be an ambition of everyone in the industry.
“I have already been involved in some of the work shaping the future of the UK’s cyber professionals.
“And I hope to continue working with other CIISec members and fellows in driving forward enrolment into CIISec and assisting in their Associate Development Programme.”
CIISec exists to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of information security, develop high ethical standards and to promote those standards in the UK and overseas.
Is also acts as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation and research in matters of education or public interest concerning information security.