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Meet the Team: Ryan Pullen, Head of Cyber Security

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It’s time for another team member to face the Stripe Spotlight, and this month it’s the one and only Ryan Pullen – our Head of Cyber Security and newest edition to the Stripe Cyber team Read on to find out more… 

Hi Ryan, welcome to the Stripe team! Can you tell me a little about your background and what led you to Stripe? 

Hi! Well, I first began my career as a Digital Forensics Investigator and Penetration Tester, andjust before joining Stripe I was an Offensive Cyber Security Lead for a large organisation in the finance sector. Here I provided a range of services, majoring in incident response, recovery and remediation, cyber essentials certifications, social engineering and offensive testing engagements (to name a few). I’m also a GCHQ certified trainer for advanced cyber security courses, which has led multiple technical training delivery conversion programmes in the UK and overseas to both the private and public sector.  

Wow, sounds impressive! What made you choose working at Stripe as your next career move? 

I’d previously worked with the management team on a former engagement which meant we already knew each other and had a strong relationship This made the transition feel very natural for me! I also knew Stripe’s services well and was aware of the professionalism that came with them They’re a great team and equally provide a great service… making the move a no-brainer! 

An easy transition then... Can you tell us a little about your role in the company?  

So Im their new Head of Cyber Security, currently I’m helping to develop their existing services, and support their security consultancy offering, essentially I’m here to lead on security advice and support. 

Well theres certainly never been a more vital time for Cyber Security to take the limelight – especially with all the remote working setups now! But enough about work, what can we find you doing in your free time? 

When possible, I try to head to the coast, typically to Cornwall to surf! Due to the nature of our industry I try to avoid screens as much as possible when outside of work, and my ideal weekend would be at the local wave pool or walking the dogs. 

A surfer eh? I don’t think we’ve had one of those at Stripe before! Okay last question… If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would you choose and why? 

This is a real tough one for me, I’d really like to meet Gary Vaynerchuck or Tony Robbins, as I listen to their podcasts so often and really interested in their ways of working, but if I was pushed it would have to be Edward Snowdon (the NSA whistle blower) – that period of time and the way things evolved is fascinating to me 

A great choice for a security expert! Well, thanks for your time Ryan, we’ve certainly enjoyed finding out more about you – who knew our Head of Cyber Security was also our resident surfer! 

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