Time flies. I feel like it was just yesterday when I wrote my last blog post 3 years ago announcing a needed evolution for the Industrial Cybersecurity Center, and my move to Booz Allen Hamilton to work as Industrial Cybersecurity Senior Lead Technologist, based in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
During these 3 years, I have been devoted to deliver industrial cybersecurity projects in some of the biggest and most critical industrial infrastructures in the world, exposed to one of the probably most advanced and active threat landscapes, and lucky enough to work with top notch teams (from both personal and professional perspectives) coming from all over the world.
Although completely focused on the delivery side of the market, I still found some time to share some of my experience injecting cybersecurity in industrial mega-projects in the last S4 conference in Miami, and to deliver a number of industrial cybersecurity workshops and presentations at conferences all over Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait, among other countries). However, to be honest, I didn’t have the time and opportunity to actively participate in the usual industrial cybersecurity community events and activities (somebody needed to keep the lights on… and the oil flowing ;)).
Months ago, I decided to move back to Europe (mainly because family matters, as grandmas are approaching to the eighties and we wanted to be closer), and I started to think which should be my next step, with 3 main objectives on my mind: doing something different, leveraging all the experience and knowledge I have gained during the last years, and most importantly, sharing my next step with good people (persons are always the key).
Fortunately, a good number of opportunities showed up, but some of them didn’t address some of my objectives, with the most common “un-addressed” objective being “doing something different”. I realized then, that maybe it was time to do something different in the industrial cybersecurity arena (again), and while I was doing that reflection, I was lucky enough to find out that my friend and colleague Miguel Rego was thinking the same in Madrid in the cyber-talent domain, and to meet 2 great professionals (now 2 great friends), Carlos Pérez and Diana Ferreiro, that were already building something completely different and innovative in the cybersecurity training and simulation platforms area in UK.
Good persons, good professionals, new and innovative industrial cybersecurity, cyber-talent, training and simulation platforms approaches, methodologies and technologies, UK, Spain, Middle East… and there you go: after some interactions, I realized very soon that those were the right ingredients to cook the cake that quickly addressed all my objectives.
This is how we decided to leverage the company that Carlos and Diana founded 2 years ago in UK (iHackLabs), and to empower it investing on building a new flavor of innovative cyber-talent services, a complete industrial cybersecurity offering focused on the identification, evaluation and protection of critical industrial infrastructures, a differential approach to Red-Blue Team services and exercises, and a proved approach to support national cybersecurity. And this is how we 4 become partners in this new project.
This is the first day of a long journey to enjoy, the first news of many more that you will see very soon, and the first information you probably hear about iHackLabs, a knowledge and experience based company with collaboration in our DNA. Stay tuned here, in twitter, in conferences, in Linkedin, with your teams, with your colleagues… you will start listening about us (hopefully good things ;)) more and more. Or simply drop me a line and I’ll talk to you soon.
Do you know what? Yes, I’m back. Again.