Nicholas Dynon has been appointed as Enterprise Security Risk Manager.
According to Optic's Managing Director ANZ Mark Lloyd, the appointment comes at a time when organisations on both sides of the Tasman are grappling with an increasingly complex security environment.
“We've seen very clearly in recent months that the 2022 security environment has thrown up novel combinations of risks to organisations,” said Mark. “If it's not international instability and pandemic-induced threats to supply chains and cyber defences, it's the need to comply with increasingly rigorous privacy, data protection, and critical infrastructure security regulation.
“With his unique blend of government, military, academic, and private security sector experience, Nicholas will lead the delivery of specialist advice to clients around mitigating their security-related human, financial, regulatory, and reputational risks.
“Enterprise Security Risk Management is about applying internationally accepted approaches to identifying and assessing the security-related risks organisations face and implementing solutions that treat those risks. As a security provider, we do it each day, and this new role will assist our clients in getting ahead – and staying ahead – of their risks.”
Among his voluntary roles, Nicholas is co-founder of the New Zealand Security Sector Network (NZSSN), a group working to promote collaboration between the physical, personnel and information security, risk, and resilience sectors. The NZSSN organises the Women in Security Awards Aotearoa (WiSAA), an annual awards programme that since 2020 has sought to celebrate the contribution of women to leadership in security and resilience.
“Given the nature of the disparate and hybridised security threats that we're seeing – from pandemics to state-sponsored cyberattacks, from great power competition to disruptive weather events, security is now about a whole range of things beyond what we traditionally call security,” said Nicholas.
“For senior leadership teams, it's about positioning your organisation to achieve visibility across its physical and cyber security, health and safety, and risk functions; it's about being across the threat spectrum, from asset protection and life safety, to privacy, data protection, regulatory compliance, and organisational resilience.
“We call it ‘converged security',” said Nicholas, “but ultimately it's all about developing the organisational ability to be circumspect.”