Simon Wilkinson is the Cyber & IT Security Strategist within EMEA, responsible for the thought leadership and client interaction within the Enterprise Security Products Group.
Simon joined Micro Focus with over 30 years security experience incorporating consulting, design engineering, and business leadership in both the public and private sectors.
Simon completed a successful career in the Royal Air Force where he designed and deployed secure information systems into complex and hostile environments.
He spent his forces career working in intelligence and secure settings providing information services across national and coalition environments. He was credited with leading on the provision of all the secure information services for UK forces in the Iraq conflict encompassing 7 security domains across 8 different countries.
Since leaving military service Simon has held a number of senior positions in the Technology and Security industry including EDS; HP Enterprise Services; Senior Managing Partner at Gartner for Defence & Security; and, run the cyber business in Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica). He has advised CIOs & CISOs on information services from requirement definition, implementation, programmatic oversight and delivery. Additionally, he has consulted, benchmarked and undertaken vendor selection, in various organisations, in their pursuit of achieving robust cyber protection. Simon has led business transformations; delivered cyber managed services; and, cryptographic capability-working in both national and international agencies providing commercial and public sector secure IT solutions.
He has a particular focus on security in UK government departments and has worked with the UK Home Office; Department of Work and Pensions; Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs; Foreign Office; Cabinet Office; and, a host of multinational organisations. In all cases the work has focused on addressing cyber protection from all aspects of the capability (people, process and technology).