Who am I?

Hi, I am Sam Glynn, founder of Code in Motion.

I help small businesses understand the most likely cybersecurity threats that they face, and the pragmatic steps they can take to defend themselves.

I typically work with the business owner, CEO or the person who is accountable for IT in the organisation, even though IT is not their primary area of expertise.

My typical client

My typical client is a small business that sells to other businesses.

It usually has 3-100 staff and contractors.

It has little or no in-house IT expertise. They have usually outsourced IT to an external IT Managed Service Provider (MSP) or they are managing IT on an ad-hoc basis in-house.

It (or one of its key clients) has a growing concern about cybersecurity attacks and the impact an attack could have.

However, it does not have the resources or budget to commit significant time or money to a major cybersecurity project or expensive technology. 

As a result, the senior management team is:

  • Worried about the financial and reputational damage of an attack.
  • Hopeful that a client or prospect doesn’t ask them too many searching questions about their cybersecurity defences.
  • Concerned about starting in the wrong place, or focusing on the wrong threats.
  • Unsure about how to get maximum benefit from any spend.
  • Confused about the various industry benchmarks that are out there (e.g. CIS 20, Cyber Essentials, NIST CSF, ISO 27001) and which, if any, they should align to.

I do not publish a list of past or current clients but they are happy to provide references if you need them. In the meantime, you can get a sense of who I work with by looking at my connections on LinkedIn.

My experience

2020 – Present: Cybersecurity advisor to small businesses. I use my technology, risk management and data protection experience to ensure my clients’ systems, staff and IT providers are fit-for-purpose and secure.

2019-2020: Cybersecurity advisor to regulated financial services firms.

2016-2018: Data protection advisor to small businesses.

2012 – 2016: Independent IT advisor to regulated financial services firms.

2011 – 2012: IT service delivery manager, representing the delivery of IT services by Bank of Ireland and IBM to Northern Trust and State Street Global Advisors.

2009 – 2010: IT programme manager in Bank of Ireland, leading a number of initiatives to try to upgrade and rollout various Microsoft technologies across what was a diverse organisation of 13,000+ staff.

2001 – 2008: IT development manager for BIAM. I led teams of software developers and analysts in the delivery of new systems and system enhancements to client servicing, finance and risk & compliance teams. I was also the IT relationship manager to these business areas, ensuring their current problems and future needs were being addressed by the IT function.

1997 – 2001: Software development & IT management roles in BIAM (Ireland’s largest investment manager at the time). This role included the implementation and integration of document management systems, as well as leading the design and development of numerous secure banking websites.

My certifications

CCRS – Certified Cyber Risk Specialist

CIPP/E – Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe)

CIPM – Certified Information Privacy Manager

CDPO – Certified Data Protection Officer

CISM [Pending certification] – Certified Information Security Manager

My academic qualifications

MSc Technology Management – 2008

Dip Psychology – 2001

BSc Computer Science – 1997

My current memberships

ISACA – Previously the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (www.isaca.org

Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (www.acoi.ie)

International Association of Privacy Professionals (www.iapp.org)

Institute of Directors (www.iodireland.ie)