Chris Covell

Chief Information Security Officer, vCISO & Strategic Cybersecurity at SideChannel

Tenacious, builds collaboration and engagement to initiate action, rattles the status quo, uncovers and removes technical, operational and staffing hindrances to reposition IT as a business partner generating value. Situational, respected leader and coach, builds collaboration, blends individual skills to maximize impact, strengthen productivity and advance technology. Assertive and confident communicator, simplifies technical jargon for all to understand, serves with authority interacting with multiple internal and external stakeholders. Key strengths:

Executive Leadership IT Leadership & Planning Enterprise Architecture
Crisis & Incident Planning/Response Cyber Security Implementation ITIL
Software Development (SDLC) Change Management Business Reengineering
Business Intelligence Business Analysis Outsourcing
Vendor Management Project Management Data Centre Management
Disaster Recovery Resource Management Budget | P&L

With over twenty years experience in Technology in Capital Markets and more recently Retail, Hospitality and SaaS, Chris is an accomplished leader in IT who gets results.

Diverse experience includes managing Global IT environments, branch offices and locations, fully outsourced and hybrid environments. Industries include capital markets, retail and hospitality.

Significant expertise in IT security and PCI including the rollout and conversion of EMV payment systems, key management and cryptography. Also experienced in SOC 2 Type 2 and ISO 27001 certification and many other industry specific standards.

As a business partner, a key part of my ongoing success is built on relationships with customers (internal and external) and partners to acheive results and change, ultimately driving value for the business.

Proven ability to work in dynamic high pressure environments.

Track record of leading IT Transformation driven by changes in business strategy, mergers, and acquisitions

Successful at building and retaining high performing teams with very low voluntary turnover.

Speaker at customer events, industry and trade events including co-chair roles.