Nigel is our Head of Cyber Security at TORI, having previously worked at Intel. We asked him a few questions to get to know him a little better…
1. Desert island discs – what 3 records would you take with you?
That’s a tricky one because I have quite an eclectic taste in music. Firstly I would probably choose Blur, then Ed Sheeran, and the 3rd would be John Mayer. Quite a different mix.
2. If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would you meet?
I would like to meet Ayrton Senna for what he did for Formula 1 and dying so young. However the person who probably interests me the most is Bill Gates. He has an interesting balance between what he did in the 70s and 80s to establish Microsoft, making his billions, but most interestingly, what he is doing with his wife – the Foundation. The amount they are investing and how much impact they are having around the world is incredible. I would love to know how they make selections of where to invest.
3. If time and money weren’t factors, what skill would you like to master?
Guitarist……my desert island discs all had a strong guitar element to them and I’ve always wanted to be able to play the guitar.
4. What are the favourite 3 cities you have visited?
I would probably choose London as my favourite city. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in quite a few places, however I’ve never lived in London even though my daughters live there now and I do things there a lot. It’s such a multicultural city with so many exciting things going on. The breadth of what you can do in London is just about wider than anywhere else in the world. The second city I would choose would be San Francisco. We lived quite close to it while living in the States and I loved the cool little suburbs. It’s a really laid-back, friendly city. The third is Paris. We used to live on the outskirts of Paris and once again it’s an interesting city – lots of museums, good sports venues but also the food!
5. If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
100 years into the future - I think it would be fascinating to see just how things have changed, how we travel, how we communicate and most of all how we solved Cyber Security!
6. If you weren’t doing what you do now, what career would you love to have?
I’d probably be an Architect. It’s something I’ve been interested in from a young age actually. When playing with Lego I used to make freaky looking buildings. These days I’m interested in the work of Norman Foster and Anish Kapoor. I’ve always watched Grand Designs and have aspirations of building my own house.
7. Why did you join TORI?
There’s a big opportunity at TORI. Cyber Security is everywhere, in everyone’s lives and impacts us at all different levels. I want to work in a way that has a holistic view of Cyber Security that is best for the customer rather than working on products and solutions and how they can be implemented. TORI offers that space.