- Job title of nominated professional: Senior Security Evangelist
- Company (where nominated professional or team is working): AVG Technologies
- Website: http://www.avg.com
- Company size (employees): 1500
- Country: United States
In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:
- Tony is the author of the book “One parent to another” which deals with the sensitive issue of managing technology and teenagers.
- Tony’s blog, which aims to educate and inform, can be found here where he writes regularly about all manner of privacy, security and online safety issues.
- Tony plays an integral role in the Smart User - smartuser.com - (an initiative aiming to prepare the next wave of digital citizens to be safer, happier and more productive online) and Take Six - take6.org - (which encourages young people to think before posting or sharing their pictures, videos or texts) campaigns.
In less than 300 words, summarize the achievements of the professional or team in the nominated category
Tony Anscombe is the Senior Security Evangelist for AVG Technologies. Tony’s role at AVG is to bring products and solutions to the company’s users that allow them to enjoy their online experiences while trusting AVG to protect them from malware and data loss. Tony is also instrumental in relationships with third party testers of anti-virus products which help AVG to continue its focus on delivering product quality and excellent security.
Tony is a speaker at global events including CIS Summit, CTIA and RSA, the Security Conference. He regularly contributes to industry forums and is an established media commentator on issues surrounding privacy, security, child internet safety, online threats and viruses. Tony has also lead the AVG Digital Diaries research series, the international study into how technology is changing childhood and beyond.
Tony joined AVG in August 2009, bringing over 20 years of IT experience with his last 12 years being focused on the security sector. Prior to AVG, he worked for German based anti-virus company Avira where he was responsible for the consumer product division that included both paid and free anti-virus products.
Before moving into the consumer anti-virus market Tony worked with a number of companies that provide authentication, data leakage prevention and the more complex environment of government certified encryption technology. The experience of multiple technologies all in the security sector and a technical background make Tony well placed to understand the requirements of this very fast moving sector of the industry.