ZX Security


Our People

ZX Security is lead by a team of highly experienced professionals

The leadership team

  • Blaise St-Laurent

    Blaise St-Laurent

    Director of Cloud Security

    Blaise St-Laurent has been working in security his entire 20+ year career, starting with threat and risk assessments and technical consulting to the Canadian government, pivoting through security network design and its implementation for the New Zealand National Grid through to his specialisation 4 years ago in the Cloud Security field. He has worked with ZX Security since its inception, joining full time 2 years ago, and, in that time he’s reviewed and consulted with on over 50 cloud implementations across Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon’s cloud offering. Previously, he’s held the following roles:

    • Lead, design and implementation: PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting to large critical infrastructure clients on their critical security infrastructure.
    • Security Engineer: Vodafone, handling the project implementations of their largest government customers
    • Security Consultant: IBM

    Blaise currently holds trusted cloud advisor roles within large private companies.

    Having a technical and cloud background has added a lot of value to our clients needing a technical and leadership and cloud strategy knowledge.

  • Claudio Contin

    Claudio Contin

    Director of Penetration Testing

    Claudio Contin has been with ZX Security since 2017. Claudio holds a Master’s Degree in IT Security from the University of Milan and the following certifications: OSCP, OSCE, OSWE, OSEP, OSED, OSCE. Prior working full time as a Security Consultant, Claudio has held technical roles in the following fields:

    • Software Developer / Technical Lead
    • DevOps
    • Infrastructure/Servers management including Cloud infrastructure

    Claudio has conducted research, spoke and delivered training at international conferences, including: Black Hat Asia & US (Arsenal), Defcon (Demo Labs), Bsides San Francisco, Kiwicon and OWASP.

  • Eva Knotkova

    Eva Knotkova

    Director of Operations & Projects

    Eva Knotkova is a Director of Operations & Projects at ZX Security. She manages the projects team and runs operations within ZX. Her background is in procurement and contract management and she ensures the link between our clients and the team is seamless. Eva believes in inclusive and collaborative working styles to deliver the best outcomes. She is an ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) and has completed the Institute of Directors Company Directors’ Course.

  • Ian White

    Ian White

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ian White is a 2020 Hi-Tech awards finalist, a 2019 finalist at the CIO Awards for Emerging ICT Leader of The Year and a winner at the 2019 iSANZ awards for Emerging Security Leader. He is also an Agile certified project manager and in the advisory group for the Summer of Tech program. Ian is also a member of NetSafe, an organisation created to promote and educate safety online.

    Ian has also completed the Institute of Directors Companies Directors Course and holds an Observer Board position at CoGo. He is also an advisor for Enterprise Ireland.

  • Simon Howard

    Simon Howard

    Founder & CTO

    Simon Howard, CTO and founder of ZX Security has been active in the New Zealand information security space for almost two decades. He is a member of the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF), which is a non-profit with the mission of improving the cyber security posture of New Zealand. Simon also co-founded and assists with the running of Australasia’s largest hacker conference, Kiwicon (recently re-branded Kawaiicon). The conference brings together like-minded individuals to discuss the latest advancements in offensive and defensive Information Security tools and techniques.

    Simon holds a number of cyber security advisory positions outside ZX Security and has completed the Institute of Directors Companies Directors Course.

  • Steve Honiss

    Steve Honiss

    Director of Cyber Strategy & Risk

    A board member for Netsafe, Steve Honiss has been with ZX Security since 2020. He has 27 years’ experience in law enforcement, the intelligence community and cyber security roles prior to joining ZX Security. The roles he held prior to joining were:

    • CISO: NZ Parliamentary Service
    • Manager: National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
    • Secondee: INTERPOL’s cyber centre in Singapore
    • Manager: NZ Police Cybercrime Unit He has been involved in NZ Government’s cyber strategy development and has participated in several international cyber policy dialogues. Steve currently holds vCISO positions within govt and SaaS companies on behalf of ZX Security. Having a deep history within the public sector and the intelligence community has added a lot of value to clients needing a vCISO with a specific risk model.

Consultants

ZX Security employs a large number of consultants across the three consultancy divisions. Any deliverable produced by a member of the team is reviewed and signed off by a lead consultant to ensure the company's high standards of quality are maintained. Our staff hold a wide range of certifications as can be seen below:

Staff certifications

  • Offensive Security Certified Professional
  • Offensive Security Wireless Professional
  • Offensive Security Certified Expert
  • Offensive Security Experienced Penetration Tester
  • Offensive Security Web Expert
  • Offensive Security Exploit Developer
  • Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE3)
  • Offensive Security macOS Researcher
  • GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB)
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • Certified Information Security Manager