The BH Consulting team has a wide breadth of knowledge, combining the technical aspects of information security with governance and risk management.
CEO and principal consultant
Brian Honan is a highly experienced information security professional, and one of Ireland’s foremost experts in cybersecurity. Over his 25-year career, he has managed and delivered information security projects and services to organisations from SMEs to large companies and multinationals. Brian has also worked extensively with public sector agencies and Government departments in Ireland and the UK. He has advised various Government security agencies, including the European Network and Information Security Agency, and the European Commission. In 2013, Brian was appointed as a special advisor on Internet Security to Europol’s CyberCrime Centre (EC3). After more than 12 years in various management, operations and network roles, Brian founded BH Consulting in 2004. Brian’s expertise in information security is recognised both domestically and internationally; he speaks regularly at industry conferences including RSA Conference (Europe and US), B-Sides London, Source Conferences, Cloud Security Summit, Infosec Europe and IDC IT Security Seminar. He also established Irisscon, the annual Irish cybercrime conference. He is highly sought after as an expert commentator in the media for stories involving cybercrime and information security.
COO and senior consultant
Valerie Lyons is a highly experienced and respected information security professional. An accomplished Information Security Risk Manager with extensive experience at senior level in the financial services sector, Valerie has a successful track record in delivering business-driven information security solutions. She has a strong focus on team development and leadership, with excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills. Prior to joining BH Consulting, Valerie was a Research Assistant and PhD student at DCU Business School’s IC4, the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce, where her main area of research was data and privacy breaches. Her PhD research focused on organisational information privacy protection approaches. She also lectured in IT security at Marino College of Further Education and worked as an IT security risk management consultant. Previous to those roles, Valerie spent 13 years as Information Security Risk Manager with IIB Bank Between July 2002 and July 2015, and she was IT Security Manager at KBC Group between June 1999 and July 2014.
Ian Travers joined BH Consulting as Senior Consultant in early 2016 after a career of more than 20 years in the Irish Defence Forces. As a former head of ICT, Ian worked in a leadership role as part of a senior management team which provided strategic and operational guidance to technical and non-technical senior management on ICT and information security-related matters. Ian has extensive technical, people, programme and change management experience gained through managing a wide range of technologies and diverse technical teams while operating in high-security environments. He has worked in senior ICT and information security management roles with the UN, and NATO’s Partnership for Peace Programme. Ian has briefed top-level management on cyber security risk, contributed to development of cyber security strategy and implemented organisation-wide security awareness training programmes. Since joining BH Consulting, Ian has worked with clients in Ireland, the UK and the US, and has programme-managed large ICT projects, adopting a ‘security by default’ approach.
Information security analyst and researcher
Neha Thethi joined BH Consulting in March 2014. Her role includes carrying out digital forensics investigations, conducting audits against the ISO 27001 security standard, and performing cybersecurity research. Neha has contributed to published security research and white papers, specifically about subjects relating to cloud security, and she has given several presentations about security and digital forensics at events such as SecureCloud 2016, B-Sides London and Source 2015. She has also given webinar presentations about cloud security and cloud forensics to universities in India. Neha is a member of several security groups, including the Irish Reporting and Information Security Service (IRISS) where she volunteers, as well as the Irish Information Security Forum (IISF) and the global group ISACA, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
As security analyst, Oxana Sereda specialises in vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and digital forensics. She is responsible for performing penetration tests of clients’ applications and infrastructures, as well as conducting social engineering tests as part of cybersecurity checks. She prepares assessment reports for clients following those security checks, and she also participates in security assessments of systems, networks and applications. Oxana also works on digital forensics investigations, and she handles data acquisition and analysis, as well as preparing reports for clients. She has gained the Certified Ethical Hacker qualification and is also a holder of ISO27001 Lead Auditor Certification. Oxana’s experience over her 10-year career spans the finance and accounting sector, along with her more recent work in computing and information security. She combines IT security and business skills, giving her an excellent ability to prioritise, plan and organise work in critical conditions; conduct multitasking research; gain necessary knowledge of importance of information security and data privacy. She quickly learns new skills.
Cloud and cyber risk specialist
With over five years’ experience in IT, Stephen specialises in vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, digital forensics and the ISO 27001 Information Security Standard. His role at BH Consulting includes helping to implement and manage Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) for clients based on ISO 27001. He is also involved in conducting penetration tests of applications, and security assessments, and in carrying out forensics tasks that require data acquisition and analysis. Prior to joining BH Consulting, Stephen held IT and network administration roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Galway, Ireland. He was part of an Operations Stability and Performance team helping to transition HP systems over to a cloud-based system. He helped to manage and maintain HPE's Helion Virtual Private Cloud servers which operated production, test and training environments. As Helion Support Manager, he helped to coordinate communications between teams for any major incidents. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science (Digital Investigation & Forensic Computing) from University College Dublin.