Digital Interruption

ABOUT US

Digital Interruption was founded by Jahmel Harris and Saskia Coplans in 2017 and is based at the Landing in the heart of Media City UK. Our diverse team of consultants specialise in all areas of cybersecurity.

We believe that security should be universal and that means it should be accessible to everyone. To help achieve this we contribute to the wider cybersecurity community though our research, which we present both on our blog and at conferences world wide. We support several community groups dedicated to cybersecurity, providing free training and workshops and sit on the Greater Manchester Cyber Advisory Group.

Jahmel Harris
Founder and Ethical Hacker

Jahmel, also known as Jay, is a security consultant, researcher and ethical hacker. With a background in software development and security, his work focuses both on the offensive “ethical hacking” side and in integrating secure coding practices into organisations and their project lifecycles.

Jahmel has a proven record of finding and providing recommendations on high and critical risk issues for FTSE 250 companies. He pushes industry knowledge forward with published security research and regularly presents worldwide to hackers and software developers.

As well as running Digital Interruption with Saskia, Jahmel started Manchester Grey Hats, a community group in Manchester that runs free workshops and events. MGH works to teach security skills to those looking to move into security roles.

Saskia Coplans
Founder and Security Consultant

Saskia is a registered Data Protection Officer (DPO) and a privacy specialist. She has over ten years experience in information security and governance along with standards and policy development. She has worked across Europe and Central Asia for Governments, NGO’s, Regulators and the Private Sector.

As well as representing a number of our clients as their registered DPO, she develops risk based defensive security strategies. She presents at events and conferences on security, risk and compliance.

Saskia is a founder of the InfoSec Hoppers, a group of women confronting the gender gap in InfoSec by working together to highlight diversity issues in the industry and make conferences, events and meet-ups more accessible. She also sits on the board or OWASP Manchester.

Robert Carr
Research and Development

Robert is an experienced software developer who has been active within the security community for a number of years. He has contributed to a number of open-source projects and community efforts, with the aim of helping to improve security and make it more accessible to the general public.

Robert is experienced in web security; with a focus on WordPress. He has contributed a number of modules to the Metasploit Framework project to aid in the penetration testing of WordPress powered systems and created a dedicated framework for WordPress exploit development and testing.

Alsa Tabatabaei
Security Researcher

Specialising in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Malware Analysis,  Alsa has lectured at universities across Asia.

She has an MPhil in AI and Malware Analysis which she is will develop further as part of her PhD research later this year. She focuses on malware detection and categorisation, using machine learning to extract meaningful data about the underlying structure of known malware samples.

She sits on the board of the InfoSec Hoppers, and works to support asylum seekers across Greater Manchester. 

Paul Kilty
Security Consultant

Specialising in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia, Paul focuses on cross boarder cybersecurity solutions. 

A super connector across several international regions, he understands human connections as well as he does virtual ones. Responsible for running the London arm of the business, Paul can usually be found at the many cybersecurity community events we support across the capital.