Brian Honan
Brian HonanCEO & Principal Consultant

Brian is a highly experienced information security professional and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in cybersecurity. Over his career, he has managed and delivered information security projects and services to organisations of varying sizes, from SMEs to large companies and multinationals.

He has worked extensively with Government departments and agencies and is a trusted advisor for a number of bodies and think tanks, at national and international levels, in the area of cyber security. Brian is a former special advisor on cyber security to Europol’s Cyber Crime Centre (EC3), and has acted as an expert advisor to the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). Brian is also the founder and leader of IRISSCERT which is Ireland’s first Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Brian regularly presents at various industry conferences around the globe, has authored a number of books, and is a regular contributor to various industry publications.

Valerie Lyons
Valerie LyonsCOO & Senior Consultant

Valerie leads the various teams here at BH Consulting, and is responsible for ensuring the effective operation of our services to clients. She is also a senior data protection and privacy consultant. She has focused her expertise and research into shaping privacy as part of the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda. She is an accomplished leader with extensive senior-level experience in the financial services sector. Her experience spans compliance, corporate and ICT governance, data protection, information privacy, daa protection, cyber risk management, data strategy and team leadership. Valerie also designs and delivers a suite of bespoke technical data protection training programmes and workshops covering a vast range of topics such as Data Protection, GDPR, ISO 27001, and general cybersecurity awareness.

Valerie has recently completed an award-winning PhD in Information Privacy (researching organisational approaches to privacy protection and how they can be made more effective by understanding their influence on stakeholders, investors, individuals and society). Valerie is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE). She holds a Master of Science in Business Leadership from University College Cork. She also holds a number of post-graduate diplomas from the Irish Management Institute; 1) Cloud Computing Strategy, 2) Executive Coaching, and 3) Executive Leadership. Her undergrad is a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin.

Rob Grealis
Rob GrealisCFO

Rob is Chief Financial Officer for BH Consulting and has over 28 years’ senior management experience in multiple industries. Prior to joining, he has worked as a CEO and CFO in professional services, market intelligence, distribution, biopharma engineering services and SaaS businesses globally.

Rob has extensive experience in strategic and business planning, financial planning and control, enterprise development, operations management, export development, HR management, corporate governance, consultancy and advisory services in over 30 countries globally.

A business graduate from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, he is also a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Leadership and Management. Rob also holds the position of Chairman of a Local Government Audit & Risk Committee in Ireland.

John McWade
John McWadeHead of Cybersecurity Practice

John is an experienced information security, governance risk and compliance professional with strong analytical and problem solving skills within operations management, design and delivery of complex client solutions with 25 years experience in IT & Information Security roles. John has extensive experience of OT and IOT Security, Networking, including connected devices, Public and Private Cloud Architecture and all aspects of Information Security.

John has a range of certifications and qualifications which include; ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 27001 Implementation, HCISPP, CISA, CCDK (Cloud), Law Society Certification in Data Protection, Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner, ITIL Intermediate Level, B.Comm from University College Dublin, HPUX System Administrator, VMWARE VTSP (VROPS), M365 Foundation, Azure Foundation and CCNA.

The last position John held before moving to BH Consulting was as Principal Consultant, leading a team of 6 consultants for a well known Irish Cybersecurity Company. At this organisation John was seconded to the Head of Technology Security role for 12 months for a major telecoms operator to manage delivery teams and managed service providers for key Information Security remediation and transformation programmes.

Prior to that John was Security and Compliance Manager for Evros Technology Group, responsible for the Security of Client Solutions. Tasks included O365, Azure and AD Security Assessments for Major Clients and Risk based vulnerability management. John also benchmarked and introduced Service Catalogue items for BCP and DR as a Service for Digital Planet and managed major vendor partnerships from a Security and Compliance perspective with the likes of Cisco / Citrix / HPE / HPINC / VMWare / Veeam / Apple / Palo Alto &Dell EMC. Prior to these roles John was Professional Services Security Consultant for Sipsynergy and Lead Professional Services Consultant for BT Global Services.

Tracy Elliott
Tracy ElliottSenior Data Protection Consultant

Tracy is a Senior Data Protection Consultant with more than 25 years industry experience. She is a highly qualified privacy specialist with considerable expertise in data protection, telecoms regulation, compliance & risk assessment, third party vendor management and standards certification and on-going compliance. Tracy is a very experienced manager of a broad portfolio of technical, legal, administrative and personnel management projects, delivering the highest standards to competitive, pressurised deadlines.

At BH Consulting, Tracy supports many clients in the provision of DPO as a Service, helping them in in establishing and leading an enterprise wide compliance framework and gap analysis of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), identifying key changes and impacts to business processes and procedures.

Tracy is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner from the Law Society of Ireland, holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Dublin City University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in chemistry from University College Dublin.

John Mangan
John ManganHead of Sales & Marketing

John is a very experienced sales professional with more than 10 years experience in the Information Security sector promoting security solutions and consultancy. John develops new business for BH Consulting as well as managing many of the company’s major accounts in Ireland, the UK, France, Italy, the USA and UAE.

Prior to working in the Information Security sector John was involved in the Electronic Payments industry and also worked in the Sales & Management Training sector, which included setting up and running a successful Training Services business for several years.

John holds the Certified Risk Manager qualification and has trained as a Lean Practitioner.

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