IVENDI has appointed its first security engineer as part of an increasingly sophisticated strategy to deter hackers.
Wesley Parsons, pictured, is a graduate in computer science from Manchester Metropolitan University and was formerly performance and security engineer at endpoint security software provider Avecto.
He said: ‘My role is all about building and driving iVendi’s overall security strategy, working closely with the business’s development team to introduce secure development practices.
‘A big part of the job is performing penetration tests on iVendi’s products and infrastructure to ensure that the security requirements of the business and our clients across the motor industry are met.’
James Tew, chief executive of the e-commerce products and services provider, said: ‘The IT jargon for what Wesley does is “ethical hacking” – he plays the role of someone trying to break into our systems in order to test them as thoroughly as possible.
‘We are now working with more than 7,000 dealers, several major car portals and a number of motor finance companies. It is important that we do all we can to protect our systems from malicious attack by detering hackers, and his appointment is a key development in our strategy.’
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