Chairman and Founder
Teamleader & HR lead
Chief Snack Supervisor
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As Events Coordinator, I'm responsible for the integrity and development of our databases. As a former copy editor and teacher, I have a passion for words and learning. I have a particular eye for detail – I've previously been dubbed the QC queen and the pixel police. I also ensure all our information is consistent across our data networks and maintained to our high standards.
Security tip: Screens are like doors – deter intruders by locking devices (such as laptops and mobiles), to protect systems and information.
As Content Coordinator, I am responsible for showcasing what SASIG has to offer to its members by assisting in curating and planning the agendas for SASIG’s in-person and online events. After recently completing my degree in Journalism and Media, I feel like my skills have developed to assist SASIG greatly in this role.
Security tip: Combine three random words to create a stronger password. The longer and more unusual your password is, the harder it will be to crack.
Teamleader & HR lead
From customer service, social media, project coordination to account management, my work background has been very varied to say the least. I have utilised and improved my organisation skills throughout all my roles. As SASIG Administrator, I use my keen eye for detail in coordinating the smooth running of events. I’m extremely goal-orientated and people focused, except for my time spent talking about my dogs and especially when Doris, the office dog, comes to visit and requires a lap cushion.
Security tip: Be mindful to use encrypted websites; look for the green padlock next to the web address to ensure that your data and passwords remain safe, especially when you’re on the move.
I am responsible for the operation of our exciting SASIG events, including coordinating the high-quality speakers the conferences attract. I bring substantial project and account management experience to my new role. It's great how we enable the conversation on security between world-leading organisations, developing our events in an ever-changing and increasingly digital world.
Security tip: Security tip: (Clear desk, clear screen) Ctrl + Alt + Delete followed by ‘lock screen’ works a treat for security.
My background in sales, customer service and education has given me strong organisation and communication skills. As Account Coordinator, I use these skills to build strong working relationships with our Supporters. I have a passion for people and love to see the interesting discussions and conversations at our events.
Security tip: Always enable two-factor authorisation (2FA) to add another security layer to your accounts. Your password is a lock to your account, and 2FA is a bolt for extra security.
Chief Snack Supervisor
As chief snack supervisor I tend to make myself known whenever food is present. My parents are the founders, so I pretty much have free rein of the office, which allows me to investigate any smells and potential snacks. If I am not visible, it is usually because I am sitting by Nadia’s feet supervising fallen crisps.
Security tip: Never leave your lunch unattended, you never know who will be sniffing around to snap it up!
My background in entertainment, events and sales allowed me to develop excellent communication, planning, organisation and listening skills which I bring with me to help coordinate SASIG events. It is my goal that everyone has the best possible experience which inspires and helps deepen relationships. I love bringing people and ideas together.
As co-founder, I am passionate about setting our strategic direction so it can continue to grow. I have worked in every part of our business over the years, and every day brings a new challenge, so our amazing people have to be on their toes.
Security tip: Security tip: If you work whilst on holiday, ensure you secure your devices and information at all times, as you never know who might be watching.
My role is simple, to look after the SASIG community and act in its best interest, and make more community wherever possible. The SASIG is more than an events company, it's a movement and a network of thousands of security professionals and their friends. The SASIG really is something special, watching it grow over the last two decades has been a privilege, more so being the family business. To get to where we are with our core values and principles still intact is a is unique, we are a unicorn in the industry, my job is to keep it that way.
Security tip: You should never need to give out personal information to someone who calls you. Find the phone number you need online and call them back.
Chairman and Founder
I predominantly spend my time chairing our dedicated security awareness events for cybersecurity professionals. When I began in the industry, I would not have believed the exciting, stimulating (and, on occasion, frightening) adventure I had embarked upon. I am beyond words when I look around at our team and all we have achieved for and with our fabulous community.
Security tip: Security tip: Just like shoulder surfers, eavesdroppers can steal information silently. Do not discuss sensitive information if there is a chance of being overheard.
My main responsibility is to coordinate our SASIG events. I have worked in the events industry since studying Events Management at university and have never looked back. I love the challenge and diversity of SASIG as no two events are ever the same. Organisation is my strongest skill, and I am determined to ensure that every event runs like clockwork.
Security tip: Remember to set strong PINs or passwords and check your settings to make sure that Siri or Google Assistant cannot be activated on the lock screen. Leaving your phone unlocked allows anyone to access your email and social media accounts, and call premium-rate numbers.
My background in admin, sales, reception and events has enabled me to build up essential skills in organisation and customer service, which helps me to ensure I provide the best service possible as an events coordinator at SASIG. I love the process that goes into every event we organise and take pride in all that we do.
Security tip: Think before you click. Just because you can click, doesn’t mean you should. Malicious links can damage in several ways, so inspect links and ensure they’re from trusted senders before clicking.
I am responsible for the day to day running of SASIG. From event planning to social media, marketing to design. I have gained a variety of experience from previous roles, and the SASIG environment lets me use all these along with developing new skills. I thrive on organising SASIG events and feel privileged to work at and attend fascinating security events attended and hosted by the industry’s best. I love to travel and music is my greatest passion outside of work.
Security tip: Keep your software up to date. Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices.
Tarquin Folliss OBE
I served for over 30 years as a senior diplomat in British Government, including the British Army and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, focusing mainly on national security policy. Having worked in the UK’s tech sector since 2013, I am particularly interested in human vulnerability and its impact on cybersecurity, as well as international affairs, the influence of geopolitics on cyber, and how it shapes the threat landscape
Security tip: Be ready for the worst. No matter how secure you feel, assume you will suffer a breach or attack and know what you will do when that happens.