Stewart Hogg

Head of Information Security

About Me

I joined Waterstons in 2010 after completing my Masters degree in Astrophysics at Durham University which included specialising in the study of Black Holes that are the centre of large galaxies. A drive for problem solving fuelled my passion for studying physics however I’ve always had a desire to help solve ‘real problems’ faced by ‘real people’ which led me into a career with Waterstons in technology and security consulting.

I’ve taken on a wide range of challenging and interesting projects over the years – everything from managing IT within university departments to developing IT strategies for well known brands. I now lead our information security team and help our clients to protect their businesses critical systems.

I’m a big believer that people are the key to an effective security programme. Rather than being a risk to be managed, people can often be your greatest asset and mobilising your team to make security part of your day to day culture is the key to lasting success when it comes to security.

In today’s world we increasingly need to ensure that our organisations are putting security controls and countermeasures in place to defend against the evolving cyber threats. Rather than being an impossible task I find that the process starts with getting the basics right.

My Expertise

I’m a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Cyber Essentials Assessor and an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor which has allowed me to assist a number of organisations to achieve the ISO 27001:2013 certification. This has involved developing a detailed understanding of the business to ensure the ISO standards add value and not red tape!

Alongside information security, I also hold an ITIL Expert certification and have assisted organisations to refine and improve their IT processes to maximise the value delivered to the business. Often making a few simple tactical changes is the key to developing an effective IT service.

What’s exciting about working at Waterstons is that every day presents new opportunities to work in partnership with our clients to solve problems and protect the critical systems and data which are essential to their businesses.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

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How to Keep Your Business Cyber Secure

26 September 2018 , Durham Office

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