New appointment: Head of Security

July 2, 2021

Covaler appointed Acceleon co-founder Patrick Blume as a Head of Security for all Covaler brands and products.

Charged with leading the security strategy, driving a security culture, and assisting in designing and maintaining secure systems and products, the Head of Security role is critical to our business moving forward.

The program of work has a wide scope, including the implementation of ISO-27001 certification, additional tooling to improve our vulnerability awareness and actively monitor our security posture in real-time, whilst ensuring a culture of continuous improvement and education around security.

Working closely with the executive team, this role will audit and advise on security risks whilst staying across industry best practices, working with product and engineering teams to design our products and projects with security in mind.

Additionally, Patrick’s experiences that will benefit Covaler moving forward include:

>Extensive experience in information security and IT risk management with a focus on security, performance and reliability.

>Deep understanding of security protocols, cryptography, authentication, authorisation and security.

>Insights into the current IT risks and experience implementing security solutions.

>Customer-focused mindset, enabling security solutions that are fit for purpose.

‘Throughout our history, we have always had a strong focus on data security and risk management. As we venture into new markets and expand our product offerings, I am proud to serve in this important position that allows me to focus exclusively on strengthening the security practices that are so vital to our industry’ notes Patrick.

Simon Waterhouse, Covaler’s Chief Information Officer, shared with the Covaler team his enthusiasm about Patrick’s appointment:

‘This is a really exciting step for Covaler and also for Patrick, who for as long as I have known him, has always had passion and intuitive understanding when speaking about security.

Our aspirations and grand plans from a product and data perspective see us moving more into the consumer space, only adding to the need for a strong and focused security-aware culture’.