We are proud to announce that Senior Director of Solution Architecture Stephen Gailey has been named a CSO 30 UK 2022 Award winner. The CSO 30 UK Awards honor cybersecurity leaders in the UK who have led diverse and inclusive teams, created innovative IT security strategies, delivered crucial technology projects, and have driven key transformation efforts over the last 12-18 months. Gailey’s recognition comes as a result of his role in helping Securonix grow its EMEA business by more than 50% over the past 12 months.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to receive this award,” Gailey said. “I’ve spent my career trying to drive business value for my clients by creating diverse teams that can tackle the ever-evolving challenges of the cybersecurity industry. Awards like the CSO 30 UK 2022 are not just individual accolades but a collective expression of the great work done by all the people on a team. I’m proud to be part of a passionate and exemplary group of cybersecurity professionals.”
In addition to his role with Securonix, Gailey provides comprehensive industry thought leadership through detailed writings about cybersecurity and risk management. He recognizes that at a time when experienced and knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals are increasingly scarce, industry insights and knowledge need to be more easily understood. Alongside producing his own tools and code, Gailey explains advanced techniques using plain language to help support small, innovative teams significantly improve their security posture.
“Stephen’s technical skills are unquestioned,” said Dilshan Ratnayake, EVP and Chief People Office. “He has a relentless focus on using cybersecurity to solve real-world problems while delivering clear business value. What sets him apart are his contributions to the larger cybersecurity ecosystem. His leadership style embraces one of our core values: diversity makes us a stronger organization. Throughout his career, his leadership in that area has been unquestioned.”
Gailey has been a staunch advocate for diversity throughout his career, growing the ranks of cybersecurity practitioners by hiring candidates based on their potential instead of their CVs. He is also active in several communities, such as ex-military, where he helps those transitioning from military life build new careers in Information Security. Gailey is a frequent speaker at local schools in his area and informs students about career opportunities in cybersecurity. He regularly engages with an all-girls school to empower young women to enter the industry through recruitment and sponsorship opportunities.
The award winners will be recognized during the CSO 30 2022 Awards & Conference, held virtually on December 6, celebrating winners and having several sessions exploring important topics in the sector.