Kieran Fowler

Senior Information Security Consultant

I entered the working world fresh-faced from University with a desire to make a difference, help people and get some decent stories for my friends. I wasn’t entirely sure how I’d achieve this until I had the opportunity to go out on patrol with the Metropolitan Police. Within a few hours and having responded to a burglary where we narrowly missed the suspects and then a domestic violence call where the suspect was present and arrested, I knew it was the job for me.

A few months later, I was in blue uniform being sworn in by a magistrate, and I remained in that uniform for five years. The only reason I stopped wearing it was because I was able to join the Cyber Crime Unit and completed my training becoming a Detective Constable. That uniform forever hung up in exchange for suits.

I always had an interest in computers, and while working shifts I ran a small online business, I built websites for friends and local businesses. I even found occasion to make simple scripts that helped in data interrogation for investigations.

Until now, I didn’t consider that my interest in computers and technology would become instrumental in shaping my policing career. My first role in the Cybercrime unit was to assist the victims before an investigation had launched. Cybercrime is a unique crime in that you can be a victim and not have a clue what happened or what to do to reduce the chances of it happening again.

It was rewarding helping businesses improve their security but frustrating time and time again hearing how simple measures could have stopped them falling victim. For those businesses, my help always arrived too late. This relatively new evolving threat was catching out seasoned companies from every sector.

I joined the Cyber Protect team. A team dedicated to reducing the impact of cybercrime in the capital, in sorts a modern take on the traditional crime prevention officer checking your doors and windows. Instead, we would talk about patching, malware and default passwords.

During this work, I reached out to various organisations, private and governmental and would present, run workshops or help develop videos to try and raise awareness and reduce offending. It was during this work I ran the infamous tabletop exercise (with Lego) that if you haven’t heard about it, I encourage you to reach out and ask me!

During one of these engagements I met Waterstons, I was always sceptical of consultants (they can have a terrible reputation right?) but found Waterston's to buck that trend. They were extremely effective in their approach to helping businesses; their enthusiasm, conduct and keenness to collaborate impressed me. We worked closely on several projects, and I found that I could have that same satisfaction of helping businesses in a new challenging environment through Waterstons.

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