Technology industry veterans Peter Kazacos and Peter Coroneos have joined forces to form cybersecurity consultancy Icon Cyber.
The new company’s focus will be on informing teams of new threat developments, assisting senior executives and boards with incident responses, and remediation and restoration of data through technology partners.
Kazacos is the former chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and founder of IT services provider Kaz Group, which was sold to Telstra in 2004. He was also chairman of Anittel from 2007 to 2014, before it was sold to Inabox for $10 million.
Coroneos meanwhile is the APAC regional head of the global Cybersecurity Advisors Network, and was the chief executive of the Internet Industry Association (IIA) until 2011.
“Like many, I was impressed by Peter’s innovative approach to cyber policy, demonstrated during his almost 15 years leading the IIA, by initiatives such as icode, later adopted in the US at the behest of the White House,” Kazacos said.
“Since leaving the IIA, Peter has remained active in the cyber security landscape taking internationally, delivering keynotes, writing authoritatively on cyber issues and recently launching the Cybersecurity Advisors Network in APAC.”
Icon Cyber is also launching its flagship initiative @STAKE, an immersive simulation of cyber attack dubbed as “decision rehearsal”. The company is also providing education for vulnerable seniors to prevent cyber fraud as part of its social agenda.
“Despite two decades of cyber security awareness training in many forms, including the involvement of significant government funding, people are still making basic and avoidable errors. This tells us that awareness raising alone is not sufficient to mitigate human caused risks.” Coroneos said.
“Yet we’ve seen so little application of this in practice, suggesting that people are applying the same ineffective solutions and expecting that something will change. The approach is what has to change.”