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Performanta appoints former bp Chief Information Security Officer as Strategic Advisor

Simon Hodgkinson joins Performanta’s mission to pioneer Cyber Safety and revolutionise the industry’s approach to cybersecurity

Performanta announces the appointment of Simon Hodgkinson, former bp Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), as a Strategic Advisor, to further expand its ability to support clients and drive its vision of Cyber Safety into the market.

At bp, Hodgkinson was globally responsible for cybersecurity across information and operations technology, including strategy and architecture, GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance), business information security, security engineering, security operations, and incident response. He joined bp in 2002 and held several senior IT leadership roles. Prior to serving as CISO, he was the VP of Infrastructure and Integration Services.

Guy Golan, Performanta CEO, said “Bringing someone of Simon’s quality and experience into the Performanta team demonstrates how we are continuing to build an organisation based on high quality individuals, enabling us to lead the market as we live and breathe our vision of bringing Cyber Safety to the forefront of the industry. Simon arrives primarily as an ambassador, but he will also help define our sector-based approach, advise clients and support our service development across both Performanta and Encore. We are thrilled to have him join the team.”

In his Strategic Advisory role at Performanta, Hodgkinson will work closely with the executive team and CISO community throughout North America and Europe.

“Performanta’s approach to cybersecurity intrigued me from the very beginning,” Hodgkinson comments. “They focus on Cyber Safety, with a healthy balance of helping client’s lower cyber risk, whilst developing operational resilience. Sadly, it is inevitable that organisations will be breached so limiting the impact, and having robust, tested response plans is critical to maintaining a business’s ability to deliver outcomes to their customers”.

About Performanta

Performanta was founded in 2010 and has over 170 staff worldwide, including former CIOs/CISOs from large enterprises. It has a global footprint with a team of 80 analysts working in two SOCs, helping to secure customers across 50 countries, from offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and the USA.

Performanta offers a consultative approach to people, processes, and technology, focusing on security projects in line with adversarial, accidental, and environmental business risk. With a holistic cybersecurity view, they understand the modus operandi of a perpetrator and accordingly build an intelligent defence mechanism to make customer environments less susceptible to attacks. Visit the website here:


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