fscom has appointed James Donnelly as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). In his role, James will be responsible for helping clients understand and meet their obligations to protect and uphold the data-rights and freedoms of their customers and employees.
With the introduction of PSD2 in the new year and applications for re-authorisation opening in October, James will also work directly with firms to identify what sensitive payment data they are holding and the sufficiency of their information and technology security.
With 13 years’ experience as an IT and information security manager, James is an expert in guiding companies through the process of developing strategic, appropriate and compliant IT information security management systems. Having had responsibility for both delivering an IT infrastructure and developing and implementing the strategic governance of the technology and information systems in a non-departmental public body, he brings significant practical experience and is skilled in communicating technical information to non-technical people.
Prior to joining fscom, James was the IT manager for the Consumer Council, where he successfully led the project to implement ITIL best practices to align the IT services with the needs of the organisation. He is also a Certified ISO 27001 lead implementer, certified GDPR practitioner and Prince2 project management practitioner.
“James brings a wealth of expertise to fscom, that we believe will add huge value to our clients in the coming months and years. With GDPR around the corner, James can provide compliance officers with clarity and practical advice to ensure they meet their regulatory and legal obligations,” adds Jamie Cooke, CEO at fscom.
James holds a BCS Certificate in Information Security Management Principles and an honours degree in Computing and Information Management from Ulster University.