Where has the year gone? It’s November already and we’ve seen some big changes here at Commissum HQ.
Looking back to January, we moved into our new offices at the Shore in Edinburgh. Since then our team has increased by half – with Caius, Jack, Jon, and most recently Norbert coming aboard and putting their own stamps on Commissum. We’ve extended our reach with new premises in Birmingham and added a lot of dots to our travel map in the office.
The month of October saw Commissum branching out and trying new things. If you’ve been following our updates, you’ll see we hosted our first Commissum Quiz Challenge as part of our sponsorship of the Scottish Universities Cybersecurity Challenge – with one team standing out to take a resounding victory.
Boglarka, Robert and Caius represented Commissum in Budapest at Hacktivity, an annual two-day festival of IT Security and a highlight in the European InfoSec calendar. Hacktivity runs two speaker tracks throughout the event, giving InfoSec professionals the chance to share ideas and expand their knowledge with like-minded individuals. Commissum has built its successful history on great talent with an enthusiasm and knowledge of information security, and part of our commitment to excellence is seizing opportunities like this as a chance to improve as individuals and as a company.
One talk which stood out for Boglarka was security researcher and co-founder of mobile monitoring & access control platform IperLane Kelly Shortridge’s The Art of Explanation: Behavioural Models of InfoSec which looked at how behavioural economics are of a high pertinence in different facets of information security, more specifically how biases in both defenders’ and attackers’ decision making processes can be used to gain insights which contribute to improved effectiveness of defences. After the talk, Boglarka said “Kelly’s research is really interesting and rings true with the old adage that security is about people, processes and technology working together.”
While visiting the historic city, the Commissum trio took some time out to see some of Budapest’s sights, taking in the Hungarian Parliament, followed by a stroll along the Danube in between the conference’s events. “Budapest is a fantastic city, and a really great location for such a wide-reaching conference,” said Robert, who took some of the photos in the gallery. “I’ve learned a lot from others at Hacktivity and am excited to put this increased knowledge into practice on client projects.”
Budapest wasn’t the only stop-off in Commissum’s globetrotting October escapades, as CEO Martin Finch spent some time in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, getting the Asian view on Cybersecurity priorities.
Martin’s first stop was GovWare in Singapore, where CREST – the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers – recently launched a new chapter. “It’s great to see CREST go from strength to strength with this new chapter and reinforces the strength of demand for penetration testing worldwide. As a CREST-approved and founding member organisation, Commissum adhere to the rigorous standards set by CREST in any and all testing engagements, and it’s encouraging to see those standards galvanised by their continued expansion.”
Another part of the GovWare conference was the 7th Singapore Cyber Conquest, a series of challenges designed to test cybersecurity professionals in both offensive and defensive capacity. Events like these, as with our own Cybersecurity Challenge, are vital in maintaining and growing ability in the industry to meet the challenge posed by the shifting threat landscape.
While visiting Singapore, Martin also took some time out to visit the enormous aquarium – no doubt giving him inspiration for Commissum’s newly-installed office fish tank. Stay tuned for updates on our tank’s growth from water feature to fish frenzy, along with more phishing jokes than you can shake a net at.
Next up for Martin was Kuala Lumpur for the Cybersecurity Malaysia Awards, Conference & Exhibition. This year’s conference had the theme of cyber resilience, with Martin representing Commissum among some of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts. “CSM-ACE was a great opportunity to meet and network with likeminded people in the field, and discover what similarities there are in the challenges facing the security industry globally. Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility in a networked society, so it’s imperative that we make the most of these opportunities to collaborate.”
Not content with the quiet life, it’s not looking like a peaceful Christmas at Commissum. Our massive growth this year is showing no signs of letting up, and we’ve got some big news in the works. Follow our Twitter and LinkedIn profiles as well as the Commissum website for updates as they happen.