Search

The Chiefs Brief. Mandy Haeburn-Little, BRIM, Interviews Martin Smith OBE, SASIG

Mandy Haeburn-Little Executive Chair, and founder of BRIM, enjoyed the great privilege of interviewing Martin Smith OBE


With more than 40 years’ experience in the security and crime prevention industries, Martin Smith OBE is a well-known, colourful and highly respected personality in the information assurance and cybersecurity world. He founded The Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG) in 2004 as a subscription-free networking forum for security practitioners. Its membership now comprises more than 5,500 individuals representing some 2,000 organisations from both the public and private sectors. SASIG has played a pivotal role throughout the pandemic for senior stakeholder across public, private and third sectors.

Martin is a Fellow of The Security Institute and a Freeman of both the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. In 2017, he received a lifetime achievement award at The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (The OSPAs) for his services to the security industry.


Martin gained his degree in behavioural psychology before spending 15 years as a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force Security (Provost) Branch. After being awarded an MBE for this work, he left the Service to establish a second career in the commercial sector.


In this session, Martin discusses his career and gives his perspective on the cybersecurity industry. He shares his passion for delivering effective and long-lasting change within the security industry. Martin also explains where SASIG is going next, post-pandemic, as we return to the new normal.


SASIG members can enjoy In conversation with Martin Smith MBE Chairman & Founder, The SASIG . This meeting was restricted to SASIG members only and the Chatham House Rule applies. You can apply for membership of SASIG here.