Interview with Iain Johnston and Chris Hurst

Chris Hurst (right) and Iain Johnston from the cybersecurity company, Blackwired spoke to Archives of IT about the dark web, cyberwarfare and building defences against it. Blackwired applies military cyber countermeasures and adversity disruption to the enterprise sector.  It’s currently engaged with the UK government and leading law enforcement on the future of oversight and attribution in crypto markets and cybercrime. 

 Chris is Blackwired’s Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer with MD responsibility for Blackwired’s Products and Markets, while Iain is founding partner and Managing Director of Blackwired in the UK and Europe.

 Chris was formerly Head of Security Services and Principal Architect in Identity and Federated Identity in the BT Global Security Enterprise. He is the inventor of BT FedCore (World Wide Patent Granted) that has become the model for the UK Government Identity Assurance Programme. He writes, consults, and presents at events including Identity and Federation, Payments, Future of Banking, Security of Financial Services, protecting the City of London Plc and socially responsive technology innovation.

 Iain was formerly Chief Operating Officer for payment security company Semafone. He is a dynamic and engaging leader with decades of experience in high-pressure operational leadership roles and a track record of building highly effective and successful teams. He has held diverse roles: Officer in the Army, large enterprise, consultancy and latterly early life, early adoption, and fast growth companies. With Blackwired, the full breadth of Iain’s experience is brought to bear as the team establishes a new category in cyber with Intelligence-led cybersecurity modelled on USMC, Combat Hunter programme “Left-of Bang”.


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