Former SC Magazine information security person of the year Neira Jones has joined financial services consultancy Accourt.
Jones, who won the award in 2012, was previously head of payment security at Barclaycard and built a strong reputation as a conference speaker and industry expert during her near four years there.
She was a member of the PCI Security Standards Council Board of Advisors and is also chairman of the Cybercrime Advisory Board for the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, and also sits on various other advisory boards.
She will join as a partner at Accourt, which offers specialist advice on areas such as regulation and compliance, risk management and fraud and product development and implementation.
Jones said: “It is an honour and a privilege for me to join an organisation I have highly respected for such a long time. When I was first approached I was interested in assessing four key areas: the markets Accourt serves, its capabilities, its vision and the quality of the people I would be working with.
“I have been fortunate in getting to know many of my new colleagues over the past few weeks and their professionalism, competence, enthusiasm and welcome to me make me very proud to become part of the team.
John Berns, managing partner at Accourt, said: “We are delighted to be working with Jones. Her global experience and knowledge of information security, coupled with her retail payments background in the digital world, make her a perfect fit for Accourt.”