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About Us at cyber toa

At Cyber Toa we understand cyber security. We're not a broader consultancy with a cyber security 'add on' - it's what we do all day, every day.

We provide individual solutions for our clients, not a 'one size fits all' approach.  We can assist you with - Risk Assessments, Risk Response Training, Incident Response Training, Incident Response Planning, Incident Technical analysis, and recommend tailored Technology Solutions.  We can provide a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) Service for companies that don't need a full time CISO.

In fact, our team has decades of practical experience implementing solutions for Government agencies and Private Sector organisations with highly sensitive data to protect.  

 Cyber Toa's Senior Team:   Tony Grasso,   Lisa Turner,   Chris Ward,   Mandy Simpson

Cyber Toa's Senior Team:   Tony Grasso,   Lisa Turner,   Chris Ward,   Mandy Simpson

History of cyber toa

Cyber Toa was launched in late 2016 out of the Cyber Security Division of Total Risk Management (TRM). The name Cyber Toa was chosen to connect with the New Zealand market but equally to provide a proud ‘Kiwi’ brand to the world.  ‘Toa’ is a Maori word which means - warrior, brave, to win.

TRM was founded by Lisa Turner and Duncan Holland in 2006 under the umbrella of the Total Group of Companies. TRM provides a wide range of Critical Issues Management Services for Companies (e.g. Forensic Investigations and Settlement Negotiation).  As early as 2007 Cyber Security issues were beginning to arise during these engagements and TRM began to investigate possible services in this area. 

Some 8 years, and several false starts later, the Directors were introduced to Chris Ward.  Discussions with Chris introduced the TRM team to the increasing threat of Cyber Crime, and how this will impact more areas of our lives as our dependence on technology increases.

At the time Chris was the Strategic Information Assurance Manager for NZDF.  He had previously established the Computer Security Incident Response Team in the UK (UK CERT); advised on the NATO and Homeland Security CERT’s, and had been the Chair of the International Five Eyes Cyber Committee. Chris joined TRM to establish the Cyber Security Division, and then lead the spin out of Cyber Toa. 

Cyber Toa’s deep expertise and specialisation provided an immediate point of difference in the growing Cyber Security market and it was clear to the Board that the company needed a strong, innovative leader to drive the business to the next level. The company has expanded rapidly, employing additional experts from the Defence and Intelligence communities, as well as its first graduate employee. 

 Some of the team representing CyberToa at the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, 2017.

Some of the team representing CyberToa at the Kapiti Coast Chamber of Commerce, 2017.

 Chris Ward  "Cyber Man"  featured in Victorious Spring 2016

Chris Ward "Cyber Man" featured in Victorious Spring 2016


A selection of our clients

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