Principal - First Base Technologies
Peter founded First Base in May 1989 as a vendor-independent consultancy. First Base Technologies
now provides information security consultancy and "ethical hacking" services to clients such as
Aon Group, B&Q, Bradford & Bingley, LloydsTSB, the Natural History Museum, Skipton Building Society,
Tesco and United News and Media.
Peter has hands-on technical involvement in the firm on a daily basis, working in areas as diverse as
network security reviews, firewall penetration testing and policy and procedures.
He also lead regular technical seminars on firewalls, ethical hacking techniques, Microsoft NT
and Internet Security
Peter is a popular speaker at many conferences, including COSAC, EuroCACS (ISACA), BCS-IRMA and
BCS-ISSG. His topics include Casebook of an Ethical Hacker, Intrusion Detection and Implementing
Peter has worked in the electronics and computer industries since 1969. During the mid 70's
he ran the UK operation for Raytheon International Data Systems, a major supplier of wide area network systems
for airlines. He also provided training for customers and staff at Raytheon's headquarters in Amsterdam.
In 1979 he founded Amplicon Micro Systems, one of the first personal computer dealerships in the
UK. Amplicon grew to be one of the largest suppliers of personal computers in the South of England. In 1983
Amplicon gained IBM Systems Centre accreditation, specialising in network systems and host connectivity. As a
main board director, Peter was responsible for all technical issues and staff training.
During 1988, Peter was contracted to South East Computers, where he provided the technical
knowledge to achieve IBM Systems Centre and Novell Systems House status. As Technical & Marketing Director
he ran the customer support, software and maintenance departments as well as much of the advertising and PR for
the company. He was also responsible for staff training on technical and management subjects.
Peter is a member of many prestigious organisations, including the British Computer
Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and the
Association of Computing Machinery. He is also a BCS Registered Security Consultant, a Microsoft Certified Product Specialist
and a member of Mensa.
Peter is speaking in Masterclass M5