Tony Richardson has been involved in information technology for 21 years. Originally trained as a Management Accountant he has developed a broadline knowledge of technology within numerous industry sectors. He founded an IT solutions provider, Octree, in 1990, and continues to provide expert technology solutions to the Small Medium Business community (organisations up to 500 employees who have little or no in-house expertise) with a specific focus on Information Assurance in the professional services sectors – financial, accounting, legal, creative, medical and architectural.
Tony has achieved CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification, the first credential in the field of information security accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to ISO (International Standards Organization) Standard 17024:2003. CISSP certification is not only an objective measure of excellence, but a globally recognised standard of achievement, and is presently held by less than 70,000 professionals worldwide.
Tony holds a Certificate in Microsoft Technologies gained at Lancaster University, and is a member of the Microsoft Partner Research Panel, a Microsoft Certified Professional, and a consultant for the Reuters Insight Community of Experts. He is an associate of IT Governance specializing in ISO27001 ISMS implementation. He actively pursues a program of continuing professional development through vendor specific, and vendor neutral training and accreditation. Tony is presently studying for a MSc in Cyber Security at Lancaster University.