Our Team

Our professional skills, experience and expertise make Cyber Space a safe place for our clients to do business.

We have delivered hundreds of projects to a variety of different customers in the UK and overseas, ranging from a single day in one of our own offices, to 2 years on site at customer premises. We can provide an individual specialist delivering technical Cyber Security consultancy, to a full team. We can design, build and install a bespoke secure system, integrate with legacy networks, conduct IT Health Checks and obtain system accreditation.


Jane Chappell MBA MSc FBCS


After several years in the commercial sector, Jane co-founded Arcanum in 2008.  She has an MBA in International Management and an MSc in Information Assurance from Royal Holloway and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.  She is a highly experienced cyber security subject matter expert and is one of less than a dozen people with two Lead CESG Certified Cyber Professional (CCP) qualifications.  Jane has in depth knowledge of information security within HMG having delivered security subject matter expertise to the Ministry of Defence; Government Departments and Agencies; the European Commission and NATO as well as UK, European and American Defence Companies.  She has particular expertise in ISTAR, having worked as an RAF military intelligence officer and provided security and accreditation support to multiple projects for the MoD Intelligence and OGD communities.  As a Reserve Officer she served in the British Army and was the first woman to command LIAG, the Army’s largest Cyber Security Unit.

Lawrie Abercrombie


Lawrie co-founded Arcanum in 2008 after retiring from full time service in the British Army.  Qualified as a Lead Security & Information Risk Advisor and Senior Auditor under the CESG Certified Professional (CCP) scheme, Lawrie is a very experienced Cyber Security professional with strong leadership and organisational abilities.  He has specialised in ISTAR and Defence related CIS projects and has extensive knowledge of HMG and MoD security policies and is fully cognisant of the latest technical cyber security and cryptographic mitigation measures.  Whilst leading and assisting on projects for various UK Central Government Departments and commercial clients in the UK, NATO and the Middle East, he has provided Cyber Threat and Security Risk Assessments, information security and assurance, accreditation document sets and has also audited commercially to ISO 27001.  Serving as an officer in both the Regular and then the Territorial Army, he developed a particular interest in the development of Cyber Defence Capability in multinational and joint cyber operations as part of which from 2013 -15, he planned and led the UK’s participation in Ex CYBER GUARD, the world’s largest real time Cyber Defence Exercise.

Russ Wardle OBE DL


Russ joined Arcanum in 2014 to oversee the day to day running of the Company, and has doubled the size and turnover of the company year on year.  Prior to Arcanum, Russ was a career Army Officer serving on operations across the world.  He has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Certificate in Strategic Direction and Leadership from Manchester University Business School.  His Army career culminated with roles as a Brigade Commander responsible for all Army activity in Wales, in a senior NATO role in Iraq and, lastly, as Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Plans at United States Central Command.  He applies a disciplined strategic view of long-term Company planning combined with a pragmatic approach to tailoring solutions and solving day to day challenges.  Away from work he is Chairman of a military charity and an advocate for, and patron of, the Army Cadet Force.

We have adopted the leadership styles and principles the Management Team and most of our staff learnt and lived in the British Armed Forces. Leaders and managers accept responsibility for themselves and for their teams. We have teams of highly motivated, interdependent (mutually supporting and cooperating), rather in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the entire Team’s performance.  We do this in part by having shared values and common goals and objectives. We encourage our people, each with a minimum of 15 years experience, to strive to ‘break the mould’ since novel solutions can provide a clear business advantage and enable us to outperform our competitors.

Relevant Qualifications

  • ISO27001 qualified Lead Auditors
  • MSc Information Security
  • MSc Communications Information Systems Management
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Bond Solon/Cardiff University Expert Witness
  • Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC)
  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CSSK)
  • Certified Computer Crime Investigator (CCCI)
  • Certified Computer Forensics Technician – Advanced (CCFT)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Information Forensics Investigator (CIFI)
  • ICS Security SCADA Architect
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • CCP Lead Auditor
  • CCP Lead Information Risk Advisor
  • Certified Identity Risk Manager (CIRM)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Chartered IT Professional (CITP)
  • Certificate in Information Security Principles (ISEB)
  • Federal Bureau for Investigation ACES Computer Forensics
  • International Systems Security Professional Certification Scheme, System Security Practitioner
  • Operational Critical Threat, Asset, and Vulnerability Evaluation (OCTAVE)
  • PRINCE 2 Project Management
  • University Network Forensics Course

Our Company

Our professional skills, experience and expertise make Cyber space a safe place for our clients to do business.

Our Values

Arcanum Information Security (AIS) Limited is a specialist Cyber and Information Security Consultancy formed in 2008.

The Latest news

The Fluid World of Cyber Risks in IT and OT

The Fluid World of Cyber Risks in IT and OT

Blog by Chris Gausden, Arcanum Principal Consultant.   As part of my far sighted Open University degree in Computer Science in the 1990s, I completed a course that taught the social impacts of IT (before the days of social media); and postulated the future...

You Need To Get With The Process

You Need To Get With The Process

Blog by Chris Gausden, Arcanum Principal Consultant. I think that it is undisputed that a critical part of any accurate business security risk analysis, is the use of an accurate Business Impact Analysis (BIA), to focus on truly critical business assets. However, I...

An Unhealthy Ransom

An Unhealthy Ransom

Blog by Jane Chappell, Arcanum Operations Director. Following our ‘Stand and Deliver’ ransomware blog published on September 3rd, sadly this form of corporate extortion is still on the increase. Ransomware is not only the encryption of data rendering it unavailable to...

Industrial Clouds On The Horizon

Industrial Clouds On The Horizon

Blog by Chris Gausden, Arcanum Principal Consultant. Despite the title, this is not some scribblings on the subject of chemically vaporous pollution or global warming. However, it does represent a view of managing the practical security and compliance state of current...

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