Vernon Kitay, Blackfoot UK

Vernon Kitay works as the Head of Governance, Risk and Controls (GRC) and the Virtual Chief Information Security Officer of Blackfoot UK. He leads the development and delivery of their GRC, Virtual CISO and Data Protection Officer (DPO) services as part of Blackfoot’s Cybersecurity Advisory and Assurance offering.

The focus of Vernon’s role at Blackfoot is building effective governance and risk management on behalf of clients by addressing critical gaps in cybersecurity and data privacy. He also helps his clients to implement processes and controls that enable them to comply with COBIT, COSO, ITIL, ISO 27001, BS 10012:2017, PCI DSS, and ISO 31000. His Virtual CISO position means he manages information security services for specific clients. Vernon also provides support and advice on the role of the corporate Data Protection Officer.

Before he joined Blackfoot, Vernon was a senior manager who oversaw IT controls and information security for the John Lewis Partnership, a major UK retail chain. Vernon has also worked for Deloitte, EDS, T-Mobile UK, and Dixons. At Dixons he was the Group Risk Manager, with responsibility for their operations in the UK and across Europe. At T-Mobile UK Vernon held several management roles which ranged from ensuring the quality of BI and ERP projects to pioneering work on the implementation of control frameworks during the early days of revenue assurance.