Jimmy Blake

practical information risk management & operations

About Jimmy
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Jimmy “James” Blake ames "Jimmy" Blake is an Executive Director of Cyber Risk Management for one of the largest financial institutions in the World and the platforms he protects process over $60 trillion dollars a day..

His role is as the primary interface between the bank's operational business and the wider cyber security function. His responsibilities include the assessment of cyber risk within operational banking function; ongoing reporting the overall cyber risk profile to the operational business units; measuring the effectiveness of technical and operational controls in mitigating risk; working with the programme management function in the implementation and operations of new technical and operational controls; providing subject matter advisory on topics related to cyber security and resiliency to the business; establishing and running a cyber academy to train and mentor cyber security professionals within the organisation.

Prior to his current role, Jimmy was Practice Manager for HP’s Security Intelligence & Operations Consulting, the World's leading consultancy practice in the field of building and maturing of intrusion analysis, security analytics, threat intelligence, breach response and incident response capabilities for enterprise, government and military customers across the globe.

Since it's inception in 2007, the HP Security Intelligence & Operations Consulting has built over 57 Security Intelligence & Operations Centres from the ground-up and provided consultancy for over 100 others. James continues to build and manage the EMEA practice, successfully delivering several complex multi-year engagements for government ministries, intelligence agencies, military and commercial customers simultaneously.

Before HP, James was the Chief Information Security Officer for NASDAQ-listed Mimecast, Europe's largest Software-as-a-Service vendor and placed in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 four years running, in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for two consecutive years and a cover story in SC Magazine. James oversaw the security of over a million subscriber's data across 11 data centres and 7 corporate offices on 4 continents during a period of explosive growth.
With a great character that is only exceeded by his knowledge of security and systems, James is a technological force of nature. He's been there, seen it, broken it down and put it back together again, is unique in how eloquently he can take a complex solution and reveal it's true nature.
Max Canham
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Before Mimecast, James had gained over 15 years of information security and IT operations management experience as a contractor and running EMEA-wide consultancies for a number of leading information security vendors.

James was one of the co-founders of the annual Security B-Sides London information security conference. James has made several radio and TV appearances discussing information security topics and has presented at conferences across the World including ITWeb South Africa, Security B-Sides London, Security B-Sides Manchester, Storage Expo, InfoSec London and Gartner and IDC symposiums.