Martin Smith MBE
Chairman & Founder
With nearly 40 years’ experience in the security and crime prevention industries, Martin Smith is a well-known, colourful (especially his jackets) and highly respected personality in the information assurance and cyber security world. He is an established and successful businessman and philanthropist, communicator, visionary, and internationally recognised author, speaker and (latterly) blogger on his passion of improving online trust. He has an extensive and enviable network of security contacts around the world. Martin gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending 15 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Security (Provost) Branch employed on the whole range of policing and security duties. After being awarded the MBE for this work, he left the Service to establish a second career in the commercial sector.
He joined Touche Ross Management Consultants before becoming the Senior Director of Corporate Security for Kroll Associates (UK). He then joined the Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Information Security before (in 1997) forming The Security Company (International) Limited. Martin is a Fellow of The Security Institute, and a Freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He is an active member of both ASIS International and the Information Assurance Advisory Council. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Panel of the Office for Nuclear Regulation.