Originally broadcast on: Thursday 11th March 2021, 10:00 (GMT)

Time to change your SOC? Reducing risk with modernisation and maturity

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In this episode of teissTalk we discussed:

  • Are too few staff dealing with too many alerts?
  • Where does a lack of integration of security solutions pose a risk of undetected vulnerabilities?
  • From SIEM to SOAR – does the path to SOC maturity improve efficiency and threat analyst retention?

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Geoff White

Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others.

An experienced public speaker, he has given keynote talks at some of the UK’s largest tech events, in addition to hosting conferences and chairing panels at venues ranging from London’s Chatham House think-tank to the Latitude music festival.


Cristian Cucu

Chief Information Officer
Societatea Nationala Nuclearelectrica

Graduate of both business and law studies in Bucharest, holds an MBA from Northwood University in Michigan, USA, while maintaining a strong focus on technology. His career path turned towards cyber-security in 2001, where he activated for over 15 years, becoming a professional in this field after implementing and consulting on numerous and complex solutions from security base lining, to pre-emptive protection, remediation and resolution. He is also a certified auditor in system’s security and risk management and the current interests outline security intelligence and architecture, mapped on the Romanian IT security ecosystem.

In 2016, he has taken on a new and more complex challenge, becoming the first Government Chief Information Officer in Romania. Among his responsibilities are the implementation of information technology public policies, development of the enterprise architecture and alignment of projects, investments and resources with the objectives of the national strategy and interoperability framework.

Russell Favell

Head of Security Operations
Close Brothers

Russell is a professional manager with twelve years Information Security experience, including eight years managing Security Operations Centres. Building out, defining Security Operations processes and procedures and running Security Incident response functions.  CISSP of 13 years good standing.

Ste Watts

Group Head of Security Operations
Aldermore Bank PLC

I am a highly self-motivated security professional with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, the majority of which have been spent in information security, working primarily in the finance and other critical national infrastructure sectors.

A Certified Information Systems Professional (CISSP) in good standing (No: 363679), SANS Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

I firmly believe that cyber security can enable business and can be a differentiator, not a barrier. I am pragmatic, determined, forward thinking and thrive under pressure.

My skills and experience mean that I am just as comfortable carrying out complex forensic investigations as I am writing and presenting cyber security strategies to a board.

David Petty

Cyber Specialist

David has been active in the cyber security, eDiscovery and system integration community for the last 20 years. Prior to joining OpenText, David lead a team that provided solutions to over 140 of the Global 1000. Prior to this he was head of Worldwide Channels at Systech, X1, Damballa and spent close to a decade at Guidance Software. David earned a Masters of Science in Cyber Security from Fordham University as well as CISSP, CCNA and EnCE certification.

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