Matt Palmer is the Senior Director of Cyber Risk Management at Willis Towers Watson. An experienced global CISO and former web application developer, Matt began his career at KPMG before setting up his own business developing and deploying e-commerce applications, and then moving into financial services to specialise in security.
Matt has led global security functions in retail banking, fund administration, alternative investments, private equity and insurance. He joined Willis Towers Watson as Chief Information Security Officer, leading the company through a major security transformation and a merger before moving to a new role leading development of the company’s cyber risk management solutions.
In 2013 he and others set up the Channel Islands Information Security Forum, where he served as Chairman until 2017. He a former NHS Trust Governor, City Councillor, and non-executive director. He has an active interest in public policy, standing as a parliamentary candidate in the 2010 UK general election.
Matt is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Practitioner (CISSP), a Member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (MInstISP), the Institute of Directors (MIoD) and the Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS).
A regular public speaker, Matt has covered key events such as InfoSecurity Europe and the ISF Annual Congress. He is regularly called upon for comment in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Computer Weekly, Computing, CSO Online, Information Age, InfoSecurity Magazine, SC Magazine, Insurance Business, Nikkei Asian Review, the BBC Politics Show, BBC News, and regional television and radio – amongst others.
Matt was awarded ‘Security Leader of the Year’ in the Tech Awards 2018.