Greg van der Gaast

Named the World's Top 5 Most Infamous Hacker, Best-Selling Author of Rethinking InfoSec, Chief Technologist Officer at CDW, the World's Largest Technology VAR, Former FBI Most-Wanted Who Hacked into a Nuclear Weapon Facility

What We Call Security

What We Call Security

Rethinking Infosec: Thoughts on Why Today's Information Security Doesn't Work, and How We Can Do Better

Rethinking Infosec: Thoughts on Why Today's Information Security Doesn't Work, and How We Can Do Better

How to hire Greg van der Gaast

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Greg van der Gaast's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • How Organisations Can Protect Themselves with Unconventional Approaches
  • Strategy, Leadership & Human Potential
  • Turning Security from a Cost to a Competitive Advantage

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Greg had a great story to tell – it sounded like the script to a Hollywood movie. He gave the audience plenty to think about as he told his amusing tale of misspent youth to a top tech consultant. For security professionals and those who just want to look at problems from a different perspective, Greg gave us food for thought." - Jamie, Learning Programme Manager, Ministry of Defence

"Greg is an inspirational leader. His principle of information security being a quality function across all areas of the business allows for not just risk reduction, but organisational improvement and cost savings that ultimately lead to better products and services, and happy customers. Greg doesn't just think at the departmental level, he understands and considers every aspect of business, company culture and customer needs." - Mike, Information Security Manager, Scoutbee

"Engaging, inspirational, insightful."

"Really positive, useful, completely different twist. Much needed at InfoSec events."

"The best reviews we’ve seen."

"World class."

"Your presentation was extremely well received."

"Incredibly good."

"Epic talk."

"Ranked the highest of all of our presenters."

"You were the star of yesterday’s conference."

"The best chair we’ve had."

"The delegate response from your talk has been excellent, you are a really engaging presenter and people found the advice you gave really constructive and pragmatic."

"[I've] lost count of the amount of times I've recounted things Greg said to my customers and left them in awe."

"Please do send my thanks over to Greg! His part in the event was amazing and definitely provided the wow factor, it was great to see him and Phil talk openly as opposed to death by PowerPoint slides"

"Greg had a great grasp of the industry we operate in and extensive knowledge to share. He presented incredibly well, in a way we could all understand. For future years we would want someone a little more energetic and more high level in terms of content for an opening keynote, but for the time he had to create his presentation he did an exceptional job." - Katherine, Senior Global Events Manager, Ingram Micro

  • 2024 - Security Advisor to the Office of the CTO of CDW UK
  • 2023 - Author of "What We Call Security"
  • 2023 - Chief Technologist of Security for CDW UK
  • 2021 - Navigator for Bloor Research
  • 2021 - Strategic Security Advisor for Clearco
  • 2020 - Author of "Rethinking InfoSec"
  • 2020 - Member of the Cyber Expert Group of the Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester
  • 2020 - CISO & Advisor of Scoutbee
  • 2019 - Head of Information Security for The University of Salford
  • 2019 - Associate CISO of the Francis North Group
  • 2018 - Information Security Management for Capita
  • 2015 - Owner of Creative Minds Consulting Group (CMCG)
  • 2012 - Security Programme Management for QVC
  • 2007 - Founder & Lead Consultant of Method-One Consulting Services
  • 2005 - Head of Security Architecture for CGI
  • 2002 - Senior Consultant for Ordina
  • 1999 - Consultant for US Government Agencies