Why the humanitarian sector needs to make cybersecurity a priority
Technology has helped many humanitarian organizations to improve their crisis response. But inadequate cybersecurity can leave them vulnerable to attack
Niel Harper is deeply committed to Digital Trust and to ensuring that individuals and organizations consistently benefit from safety, privacy, security, reliability, and data ethics when using online platforms. He has spent the last 20 years advising and leading at global organizations such as AT&T Wireless, Bemol, Canonical, CARICOM Secretariat, CIBC, Deloitte Consulting, Doodle, European Commission, Internet Society, Regional Security System, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and others in the areas of corporate governance, cybersecurity management, privacy program management, engineering management, digital transformation, enterprise risk management, and digital policy.
He is the recipient of the ISJ Caribbean Security & Resilience Award (2021) and the ISACA Technology for Humanity Award (2021). Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader (2014) and the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader (2011). He was previously a Member of the United Nations Information Security Special Interest Group (UNISSIG) and is currently a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Cyber Risk & Corporate Governance Working Group. Niel also serves on the Professional Standards Working Group of the UK Cyber Security Council and as a Board Director and Vice-Chair, Audit Committee at ISACA.
Niel holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Strathclyde specialising in privacy, cyber crime, and national security; Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester; Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Telecoms Regulation & Policy from the University West Indies; Diploma in Business Information Systems from Algonquin College; and has completed executive programs at University of Oxford, Stanford University, Nanyang Technological University, Florida International University, and Boston University. Possesses industry certifications in corporate governance, engineering, IT auditing, cybersecurity, privacy & data protection, and business continuity management.