Digital Interruption

About us

Digital Interruption is Manchester leading cyber security agency. We provide penetration testing, managed vulnerability scanning, defensive security with compliance services and security training.

We describe ourselves as ethical. Not just because of our team of experienced ethical hackers, but also because of our business practices. We are smaller and more dynamic than traditional consultancies. This means we can work closely with our clients to recommend bespoke services and solutions.

Jahmel Harris - Head of Penetration Testing

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 - Head of Security Risk and Compliance

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 running Digital Interruption with Jahmel and 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 standards, compliance and ethical business practices.

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 - Head of Security 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.

Alastair O'Neill - Head of Defensive Security

Alastair has more than a decade of experience in information security, both as a security consultant and as a researcher. His skills range from embedded device exploitation to mainframe hacking, along with a significant grounding in all shapes of UNIX.

He regularly presents in the UK and abroad on topics ranging from cutting-edge malware research to innovative offensive techniques, and has a strong passion for offensive and defensive hacking.