Data Protection & Cyber-Security Expert
Our world is increasingly influenced by privacy and information security concerns and IT systems. Our individual lives, organisations and businesses are under attack daily by “hackers” (previously known as thieves). CEO’s, MD’s, Boards of Directors and Trustees need to ensure they drive their organisations to minimise the risks of cyber-attacks and data breaches. Ransomeware attacks, and fraudulent activities against individuals and organisations are on the increase, doubling every quarter in many market verticals. Chris works to help organisations stay safe online and free from data breaches. He is an educator and practitioner who works with Boards of Directors, Trustees, Compliance and IT teams to help them understand risk and implement practical improvement plans. Chris’ global network ensures he can bring experts to bear down on specific IT and Data Protection issues should that be necessary. Chris regularly presents at conferences alongside financial, legal, IT, experts and sits on the board of the Wales Fraud Forum, is an active member of Cyber Wales and co-founded the GDPR-Alliance.
I have known Chris for a while in a professional capacity when we met at a Privacy and Data Protection conference quite a few years back. Since then, we have often talked, bounced ideas and thoughts off each other and we have both really enjoyed and enthused about these interactions. We always hoped of some joint collaborative work in the future and I am glad to say that this desire manifested itself.
Chris performed some work for me for one of my start-up clients (Aistetic) when the project started late and meant that I did not have the bandwidth to undertake it solely myself due to other client constraints. I knew that Chris would be excellent for it and it proved just so. Not only did I see him in action working with the client in the highly professional manner I know he has, but having the ability to have deep meaningful scenario discussions on a joint collaboration client project just reaffirmed my thoughts and respect for him. The outcome was a highly thankful and happy client and me!
This has definitely cemented the professional respect and friendship I have for Chris and I will definitely be working with him again.
I would not hesitate to recommend him to others as a hardworking, knowledgeable and safe pair of hands.
Owner, Compliance Clarity
Chris Roberts at Cybata, in collaboration with Mostyn Thomas at Astrix Integrated Systems, provided invaluable support to Commonwealth Games England (CGE) with our aim of mitigating cyber risk as much as possible.
The team provided CGE with a comprehensive and detailed Cybersecurity Assessment Report. This report, written in a non-technical manner, enabled us to understand cyber threats and also provided a series of recommendations for each one. Armed with the report and Cybata’s expert assistance, CGE is now Cyber Essentials certified.
Cybata’s services also consisted of a valued presentation to the board and facilitation of a classroom Cyber Security Awareness training course which was well received by staff across the organisation. In the complex and ever-changing world of cyber security, I highly recommend you reach out to Chris and Cybata.
Commonwealth Games England
We used the services of Cybata to support our internal training programme earlier this year.
At Atradius, as part of our Compliance Awareness Programme, we wanted to provide further training to our staff to heighten awareness regarding GDPR & Cyber Security.
One of our main objectives was to help our staff better understand how to protect Atradius, themselves and their families online, and in everyday business. We were looking for interactive sessions rather than traditional training, focusing on the challenges and threats we are faced with and how to prevent them from happening.
Chris Roberts (our contact at Cybata) after spending time understanding our business and needs, delivered excellent training keeping the trainees engaged at all times. Chris was extremely professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with at all times, nothing was too much trouble and was very happy to keep refining the training to ensure it was a success.
Personally, I would highly recommend the service and product offering by Chris Roberts at Cybata which was met with significant praise from those who undertook the training sessions.
Here are a few quotes from the attendees:
“Opened my mind to the topic, will definitely implement a number in personal and office, thank you”
“It was at an appropriate level not to technical but with a level which brought the wider context into focus”
“Well presented and maintained interest”
“Chris was great. The time was well used, the pace was good”
Project Manager, Atradius
Wow, GDPR what a piece of work! Luckily the mind field that was GDPR was masterly manoeuvred for us by Chris in 2019. When we thought we were treading water, Chris’ straight talking insights and knowledge base on the subject helped us through with enough buoyancy to sail right through with ease. I could not fault Chris’ support and approach I would would recommend his services to any business in need of data support.
Owner, Agile Therapy
We engaged Cybata to help us assess the GDPR and Cyber-security of our supply chain in 2020 as we embarked on the development of a new SaaS platform. Chris and his team of GDPR and Cyber-Security experts very quickly identified significant concerns with one of our key partners. Based on Cybata’s advice, we moved to a new software partner to enable us to bring our high quality solution to market in the way we always wanted to. Cybata helped identify and eradicate a significant business risk of £500,000 to the business. Cybata is highly recommended.
CEO, DCW Group
“Chris has proven to be an excellent resource in terms of GDPR and Cyber Security. I have engaged him several times to work with my clients since the introduction of GDPR in 2018. He is a thought leader in my business circle and has spoken at my HR Supper Events on GDPR & Cyber Security.
He has a zone of genius in auditing against the regulations but also in training Senior Management right down to line management. In the ever increasing complexities surrounding GDPR and minimising risk to the lowest possible denominator, Chris is my go to person every time.”
Managing Director, Talk HR Solutions Ltd
Chris of Cybata delivered training on GDPR and Cyber Security for us. We needed delivery to be pitched at a level which would be appreciated by the small community groups and local charities we support, and Chris was able to deliver this. The training was presented in such a completely professional way that the information and vital skills needed were accessible to even our least ‘techy’ attendee. Attendees all left with practical actions which they could use to improve their organisation’s security, with a clear understanding of their responsibilities and some useful tools. The content of the session focused on the areas of most concern to our groups such as the use of password apps, securing client information, effective backups and how to make use of encrypted emails for commercially sensitive data. Chris used some effective videos and other relatable content which provoked some useful discussion. I really do look forward to working with Chris in future and would not hesitate to recommend his training and support in the areas of GDPR and Cyber Security.
Digital Capacity Building Support Officer, Ealing and Hounslow Community Voluntary Service
Cybata supported Sport Wales’s transitioning to the excellent DPOrganizer platform. They effortlessly made sense of our complex data arrangements to make the transition swift and painless in a supportive and accessible manner. Without such a supportive, positively challenging approach, we would have spent considerable time and effort to get to where we needed to be. From start to finish we received a professional, friendly and above all, accessible support.
Information Security Lead (incorporating DPO), Sport Wales
GDPR and cyber security are essential for any business who considers their data to be of value, in addition to meeting legal requirements. Chris`s knowledge and approach to helping companies understand the process of becoming GDPR compliant is second to none. I would recommend giving Chris a call if you have any questions in regards to how you should be handling your business and customer data.
Dr Russell Payne,
We recently commissioned Chris and his team to deliver a practical GDPR course for our supply chain partners. The course content was tailored for our sub-contractors and it left each with a GDPR compliance pack. The course explained the need for GDPR, how to keep data safe and how to react if personal data is breached. Feedback we received on the day included “Great Course, I didn’t think I’d learn so much in a morning”. This is high praise for what can be a very dry topic.
IT Manager, Frontier Medical Group