Niel Harper

Niel Harper

Chief Information Security Officer, Researcher, and Privacy Consultant
Joined on March 10, 2017 – Bermuda
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About

Niel Harper is the Founder & Chairman of Octave Consulting Group, a management consulting firm that assists organizations in combating online threats and safeguarding digital assets. The organization works with business leaders to not only prevent and respond to cyber attacks, but to effectively manage the full spectrum of cyber risks in a manner that adds business value and creates market opportunities.

He is also the Chief Information Security Officer at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), where he is responsible for implementing a comprehensive enterprise information security, privacy and IT risk management program across the organization's global operating footprint in 90+ countries.

Niel has held leadership or advisory roles with AT&T;, Bemol Lojas, CARICOM Secretariat, CIBC, European Commission, First Global Bank, and the Internet Society, among others. Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader. Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Networks on Cybersecurity, IT and Telecoms. LLM in Internet Law and Policy, University of Strathclyde; MBA, University of Leicester; Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Telecoms Regulation and Policy, University of the West Indies; and Diploma in Business Info Systems, Algonquin College.

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Featured Blogs

Where’s the Blockchain Killer App? Maybe It’s Buried Underneath All the Hype!

In recent times, I've been struggling to determine where blockchain has demonstrated its immensely promised value, delivered true market or stakeholder value, or disrupted an existing ecosystem. And thus far, what I keep coming up with is that "blockchain is truly a solution searching for a problem." Most of all, many of its enthusiasts and proponents are generally conceptual thinkers and/or snake oil salespersons who have little to no experience delivering secure, integrated, complex systems. more

Should Domain Names be Considered 'Contracts for Service' or 'Property Rights'?

The legal status of domain names is one of the most hotly debated topics with regards to evolving property rights and how they should be applied to technological and intellectual property 'innovations' in cyberspace. At present, there are two opposing factions on this topic: On one hand, there are those who maintain that domain names should be considered as contracts for services, which originate from the contractual agreement between the registrant and the registrar. more

Why Bitcoin Will Not Solve the Caribbean's Financial Inclusion Woes

There's a deluge of hype around Bitcoin and blockchain technologies right now, and policymakers and regulators in the Caribbean are doing their best to wrap their heads around the advantages and disadvantages of this virtual currency. Similar questions are being contemplated in the ICTs for development (ICT4D) community, taking into account that electronic money (e-money) platforms such as Safaricom's M-PESA have essentially solved the financial inclusion quandary for millions of people in Kenya. more

Does ICANN's UDRP Preserve Free Speech and Allow Room for Criticism?

The phenomenal growth of the Internet has resulted in a proliferation of domain names. The explosion of '.com' registrations coincided with an increase in domain name disputes, and with it the legal branch of intellectual property devolved into virtual mayhem. ICANN's Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) was created... The UDRP was brought into force in October 1999, and it can be said that it has contributed handily to the resolution of domain name disputes. However, deeper investigation into the UDRP paints a different picture. more

8 Reasons Why Cybersecurity Strategy and Business Operations are Inseparable

In modern society, there is one fact that is unquestionable: The hyper-connectivity of the digital economy is inescapable. A financial institution without an online presence or omni-channel strategy will cease to be competitive. Universities (for-profit or non-profit) must develop and continuously evolve their online learning capabilities if they are to stay relevant. Online retailers are quickly outpacing and rendering their 'brick-and-mortar' counterparts irrelevant. more