With over 25 years of professional IT experience, Simon Brittan has witnessed first hand the explosion of technological advancements in the 21st century. This also means that he has invaluable insight into the increasing cyber threats facing modern businesses, including ransomware and phishing. With a vast range of skills and a clear understanding of numerous infrastructures, his dedication to the industry has led Simon to work for a number of high-profile businesses.
In 1995, Simon started to venture into the IT sector, working as a Technical Support Consultant for DCS Automotive. From there, he excelled in such positions as Deputy Support Manager, Principal Consultant and Storage and Backup Operations Manager for BP, with responsibility over all data storage and backup with BP’s UK data center’s. In both independent consultancy roles and working for a larger corporation, Simon’s can-do attitude and hands-on style of consultancy have built him a reputation of integrity.
From 2000 onwards, Simon gained experience as a Principal Consultant, a Global Storage Engineer setting global IT standards for investment bank Deutsche Bank and a Technical Consultant. He also set up his own consultancy service entitled Birst Limited, which specialises in data security, migration and architecture. Simon even worked with the London Olympics in 2012, on their Disaster Recovery planning and implementation.
Since November 2017, Simon has been the Technical Director of Cloud Central UK. During his time in this role, he has excelled and continued to specialise in providing custom IT solutions for his clients’ unique issues. An expert in IT security and infrastructure, Simon has dedicated his career to strengthening the future of business infrastructure and defending his clients from cyber attacks. As a consultant, he advises, designs and ensures the efficiency of his services, by using his decades of industry knowledge.
Simon’s calculated attention to detail and ability to stay calm in pressure-driven environments makes him the ideal consultant for data recovery attacks. When a business is at its weakest, he applies his extensive knowledge with a calm, meticulous hand. Simon understands the complexity of owning a business, which is what drives him to produce comprehensive IT solutions, leaving his clients to focus on growing other areas of their business.
1.) What made you go into the IT sector?
I always felt that I had great skill in this sector and was interested in new technology and the positive impact that technology can bring to people’s daily lives.
2.) What has been the biggest challenge you’ve ever had to deal with?
I once started a consulting role for a major high street bank. On my first day, I was scheduled to meet one of their senior directors and during that initial chat he informed me that they were having serious issues with their online banking platform. That added to the urgency of our infrastructure conversation!
3.) What has been your best achievement to date?
Watching my two daughters grow up to be intelligent, caring, thoughtful and responsible human beings.
4.) What is the common problem or mistake that you see businesses make when it comes to IT?
Unfortunately, I do see many businesses who lack planning in terms of the investment needed to support their IT Infrastructure. Often, a simple cost justification exercise can assess the financial impact of outage (even ignoring the brand damage) and usually for a small investment, that risk associated with an outage can either be mitigated or dramatically reduced.
5.) What is the best piece of advice you could give?
Don’t be complacent in terms of financial investment or risk. Don’t think “It won’t happen to us” and therefore have to recover from a threat or situation that could have been avoided.
6.) What do you predict for the future of the IT sector?
Integration, applications and software I believe will converge, bringing multiple data sources or streams together to make this data more valuable. Businesses being able to become early adopters of this technology will jump ahead of the competition.
7.) When you’re not working, what are you most likely doing?
Exercising, travelling or socialising with friends.
8.) Best non-work fact?
As a child, I once attempted to glide over a swimming pool standing up on a lilo fully dressed. I did not make it to the other side!
Great customer service, trying new things, cars, travel, spending time with my family and food!
Overbearing bureaucracy and poor service.