Holly Grace Williams, Headshot Photo

Holly Grace Williams

Founder and Technical Lead

Holly Grace has fourteen years of experience in leading information security teams. Her early career was spent in the military working in roles such as Site Security Officer, although she now works with a wide range of organisations delivering information security testing.

She is the technical lead for Akimbo Core, leading both the development of the software platform as well as leading the security testing team capability.

 

Certifications

  • MSc Information Security, Cardiff University
  • CREST Certified Web Application Tester (CCT-App)
  • CREST Registered Tester (CRT)
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner

Prior Certifications (Expired)

  • Cisco CCNP
  • Cisco CCNA: Security
  • Cisco CCNA: Routing and Switching
  • Cisco CCENT
  • Juniper JNCIA
  • CompTIA A+

Certification Badges

CompTIA PenTest+ CompTIA Security+ CompTIA Cloud+ CompTIA Network+
CompTIA CSCP CompTIA CNVP CompTIA CCAP
CREST Certified Tester
AWS Cloud Practitioner

Awards

  • SC UK's 30 Women of Influence (2021)
  • SC UK’s 50 Women of Influence (2019)
  • Computing’s Security Excellence Award

Media Appearances

  • Sky News, April 2021
  • Sky News, August 2020
  • BBC Breakfast, July 2020
  • BBC Breakfast, January 2020

Previous Talks

  • CSC Cyber War Stories, Online, February 2020
  • Think Like a Hacker, Online, February 2020
  • Sky News, August 2020
  • Cyber Security Live (Panel), Online, November 2020
  • Testing United 2020, Prague Online, November 2020
  • Cyber House Party, Online, October 2020
  • Rethinking your Pentesting Strategy, Online, September 2020
  • DC151, Leeds Online, August 2020
  • Trusted Tech Talks, Online, July 2020
  • Cyber House Party, Online, June 2020
  • Scot-Secure, Edinburgh, February 2020
  • TEISS, London, February 2020
  • The Future of Cybersecurity, Manchester, 28 January 2020
  • Tech Manchester Mentoring, Manchester, 22 January 2020
  • The New Statesman, London, 26 November 2019
  • Cyber Crime 2019, Manchester, 25 November 2019
  • Computing Cyber Security Live, London, 23 November 2019
  • Hacking, Data Breach and…Breakfast, Manchester, 20 November 2019
  • EUTC Cybersecurity Workshop, Paris, 13 November 2019
  • eCommerce Live, London, 15 October 2019
  • NE:Tech, Newcastle, 10 October 2019
  • Digital Transformation Expo, London, 9 October 2019
  • Cybersecurity for Startups, Manchester, 3 October 2019
  • Pitch on the Ship, London, 26 September 2019
  • The Future of Cyber Security, Manchester, 24 September 2019
  • TechVets, Edinburgh, 11 September 2019
  • CyberFirst, Manchester, 1 August 2019
  • Unlocked, London, 24 July 2019
  • Unlocked, Manchester, 17 July 2019
  • DC151, Leeds, 10 July 2019
  • Digital Futures, Manchester, 19 June, 2019
  • Cybersecurity 101, Manchester, 11 June 2019
  • Infosecurity Europe, London, 4 June 2019
  • Trailblazing Tech, London, 28 March 2019
  • Teesside University EHS, Middlesbrough, 4 March 2019
  • CyberReady, Leeds, 10 November 2018
  • Security Test Seminar, Eindhoven, 8 November 2018
  • IPExpo, London, 3 October 2018
  • IPExpo, Manchester, 25 April 2018
  • Ticketing Professionals Conference, 16th March 2018
  • The Future of Cyber Security, Manchester, 25 January 2018
  • Social Engineering the CEO, London, 13 October 2016
  • BSidesLDN, London, 8 June 2016