Aura InfoSec hires cyber security expert Paul W Poteete

Kordia’s IT security services subsidiary, Aura InfoSec, has appointed cyber security and information warfare expert Paul W Poteete to the position of principal consultant

Kordia’s IT security services subsidiary, Aura InfoSec, has appointed cyber security and information warfare expert Paul W Poteete to the position of principal consultant.

Aura InfoSec general manager, Peter Bailey, said Poteete brought an international perspective on implementing security best practice to the Aura InfoSec team. “Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge when it comes to security audit, policy and procedure, as well as best practice methodologies (such as ISO, NIST and ISM), Bailey said.

“His experience in implementing these methodologies in a usable way in particular is something we believe will add real value to our customers.”

Poteete has more than 20 years experience in cybersecurity. He began his career in the US Department of Defense as a researcher on, amongst other things, cyber warfare, information warfare, international terrorism and information operations.

During this time, he was also part of the Cooperative Operations and Applied Science and Technology programme and was trained in Russian linguistics and intelligence by the US Army.

Since then he has held CISO and CIO roles at several US firms and taught information security, forensics and leadership at Abu Dhabi Women's College in the UAE.

He holds a master of science in information systems and operations from the United States Naval Postgraduate School, and several undergraduate degrees ranging from the arts and foreign languages to information technology.

Aura InfoSec was founded in 2001 and claims to be NZ’s leading IT security consulting company, providing CREST certified penetration testing, red-teaming, training, ISO27001 audits and risk assessment work across the NZ public and private sectors. It also provides niche testing services to the eCommerce and power sectors in the US, Canada and the UK. The company was bought by Kordia in November 2015 for $10 million.

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