Oscar O'Connor outdoors in Oxford

Oscar O’Connor – Cyber Security and Data Protection

Oscar O’Connor is an experienced international management consultant specialising in cyber security, data protection, and risk management. His track record is one of making things happen, usually in aggressive time scales and in complex environments, with large teams of diverse, experienced professionals.   Oscar has managed teams of over 500 technical professionals on programmes of up to 3 years duration with budgets of up to £500m.  He has experience of working in the UK, USA, Belgium, France, Turkey, Italy and North Africa.  An internationally recognised expert on information security, business continuity and technological risk, Oscar has presented papers at conferences, exhibitions and seminars in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, France and the Middle East.

Oscar has worked in IT since the early 1980s and has specialised in risk management and information security since 1998.  He has held senior positions in Computacenter, Dell and Finmeccanica before forming his own consultancy business in 2013.

Current and recent engagements include:

  • Chief Information Security Officer for TrackBack, a software company specialising in uncovering how quickly and professionally sales leads from vehicle manufacturers are followed-up by dealers;
  • Non-Executive Director for Perspective Risk, a specialist information security testing and assurance consultancy;
  • Chief Competition Assessor for the Cyber Security Challenge UK;
  • Senior Cyber Security and GDPR Advisor to the Cyber Security Challenge UK, NFU Mutual Insurance Society, Stirling Consultancy, Oxford Joint Analysis and Oxford Information Labs;
  • Chief Technology Officer and CISO for Bletchley Park Qufaro, a new initiative creating the National College of Cyber Security and an innovation hub based at the iconic Bletchley Park.

Married for the second time with one son and two step-children, in his spare time Oscar enjoys cooking, reading, writing, going to the theatre and watching rugby.  He speaks fluent French with basic competence in Italian and German.

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Publications & Blogs

About Oscar

Oscar graduated from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) in 1990 with a 2.i honours degree in Computing and Mathematics. Since then he has developed a career working in technology-related roles for major blue chip organisations internationally. Initially a database ...Read More

Interview with the Daily Telegraph’s Business Reporter

A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in an interview for the Daily Telegraph's Business Reporter alongside Dave Shearmon, CEO of Security Dialog (http://www.securitydialog.com).  The resulting videos can be found at the other end of this link. ...Read More

BCI Middle East Conference – 7-8 May 2014 – Dubai – “Is our Expertise Adding Value?”

What does the title imply? In late 2013, a data breach at a major retailer illustrated that being compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) was not the same as being secure.  Now both Target and ...Read More

Do Service Level Agreements Guarantee Service Quality?

My first instinct is to say "no" - and to do so with quite a heavy emphasis.  In my experience of transformation programmes and outsourced services (on both sides of the fence), the service level agreement seems to me to ...Read More

Thoughts from the Parliament and Internet Conference (09/09/2013)

I recently attended one of the consultation meetings organised by Nominet, this time with the Digital Policy Alliance and the British Computer Society, at the rather swanky Sofitel on St James' Square in London.  I have pondered long and hard ...Read More

Cyber Security for Business Transformation

The news media carry stories relating to cyber security on a daily basis and it is no exaggeration to state that the topic is now part of the mainstream debate. But what is cyber security? It seems to mean different ...Read More

Creating BS25777

Setting out to create a new formal standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM) for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) is no small or simple undertaking.  There are many experts and standards bodies, both national and international, who might want to ...Read More

Forthcoming Events

BCS & IAAC Countdown to GDPR, BCS, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA Cyber Security Challenge Barclays Face-to-Face, 6th & 7th October, Radbroke Hall Masterclass, 12th to 14th November, London Security Awareness Special Interest Group 4th CISO/CIO Round Table hosted ...Read More

Interview with the Daily Telegraph’s Business Reporter

A few weeks ago I was invited to take part in an interview for the Daily Telegraph's Business Reporter alongside Dave Shearmon, CEO of Security Dialog (http://www.securitydialog.com).  The resulting videos can be found at the other end of this link. ...Read More