Transitioning from Physical to Cyber Protection | Shaun Southall

People often talk about upskilling from a physical security role to becoming a cyber or converged security specialist. But what does that really mean?  

On this episode of the podcast, we speak with Shaun Southall, an operator that has expertly and effectively converged the two worlds of physical and cyber together as a working security specialist.

Join us this week as we talk about: 

  • Shaun’s asymmetric career journey into cyber security.
  • How the ‘uninitiated,’ physical security specialist can augment their skills.
  • What steps to take and what to avoid when breaking into the field.
  • The single biggest mindset shift that will determine your success. 

As we say here, knowledge is power and, in our industry, “what you don’t know can hurt you.” So, tune in and get skilled up with our latest expert sharing his tricks of the trade and gems of experience!


More about Shaun:

Shaun is a Cyber Security Oversight Specialist for the Civil Aviation Authority, with almost twenty years of experience, a plethora of certifications, and an ambitious hashtag – #cisoby60! He holds a Level 6 diploma in Security Risk Management and an itch for formal self-improvement that has led to becoming an ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and gaining audit experience through voluntary work, before embarking on four ISACA certifications – CISM, CRISC, CDPSE and COBIT Foundation – in just four months.

He is heavily influenced by Doug Hubbard, Alexei Sidorenko and Norman Marks and is driven to shift the mentality from ‘red amber green and five by fives’ to a holistic appreciation of risk that considers the complexity of the threat landscape. Shaun is also a regular presenter at ASIS CPE events, promoting risk quantification and ‘debiasing the human’, an active member of SIRA, FAIR and ISACA London Chapter, is a proud to be part of an organisation tasked with maintaining the safety and security of aviation in the UK.


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  • Jon Moss
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  • Phelim Rowe

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