27. January 2015 11:38
As part of our Data Protection Week we introduce the SSIA Security Manager Richard Mundy, who is responsible for the overall data protection and information security for the SST product line. As technical sales director and security manager, Richard is responsible for managing key sales accounts as well as information and overall security at the SST location.
Q: What is your background and when did you start at SST?
A: As a teenager I completed an apprenticeship with Square D Ltd during which achieved a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. This resulted in a role as a design engineer. I have been a senior development engineer / assistant chief engineer at Philips TMC designing telephone equipment and PABXs where I also gained my Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After holding a variety of senior management roles at Dowty Limited and Menvier, I joined SST as the technical director (which has evolved into the technical sales director role) I also took on the additional responsibility of the security manager.
Q: How important is data protection in your role?
A: Data protection is vital for all companies in order to protect sensitive competitive information. This ranges from critical design information through to financial and operating information for companies. Every company also has an obligation to protect an individual’s identity and information, whether this be employee, customer, or supplier. With our role in the industry in which we operate this is particularly important as we handle classified information on behalf of the UK government and NATO organisations. This is a full time commitment to keeping aware of the latest risks and vulnerabilities, taking appropriate action to mitigate these threats, and managing the IT infrastructure to provide the best possible protection.
Q: Is data protection and information security important away from the workplace?
A: For a great deal of these issues highlighted for companies to consider, there are parallels for individuals to consider in their home life. The consequences of identity theft are well publicised and can cause significant financial or other hardships. We should all be well aware of looking after our credit card and similar personal details nowadays, but how far do we take this really? Do we adequately destroy bill receipts? Are we careful of what we throw into the general refuse bin? Do we change default passwords on home WIFI networks and similar equipments? Maybe not as often as we should... it is critical that we are equally vigilant in our personal life as in our work environment.