Secure Racing: Information Security Industry to compete in British GT

Monday, April 18, 2011

IT security has become the first business community in the world to have its own motorsport team. Led by monitoring technology company Dtex Systems, and supported by AlgoSec, the market leader in network security policy management, Secure Racing has been launched to raise awareness that security technologies have a critical role to play beyond the office environment. The team hopes to inspire the industry to come together and be part of a shared challenge – to enable the information security industry to be represented at the world famous Le Mans 24hrs race by 2015. Secure Racing is offering an open invitation to anyone involved in information security to join the team and be part of the adventure.

“IT security plays a critical role in some of the most exciting and challenging environments in the world, explains Dtex’s UK MD Mohan Koo. “Motorsport is a perfect demonstration – it’s an environment where the margin for error is so small that keeping any competitive advantage within the team is critical. It’s a perfect example of where data security is paramount for achieving success outside the corporate world. We established Secure Racing to highlight that IT security is about much more than firewalls and anti-virus. It’s an enabling technology for success in dynamic, exciting and precision environments.”

“Subsequent to the 2007 Ferrari-McLaren F1 data leakage scandal information security has become a key focus within many sectors including motorsport. This has resulted in information security and technology companies becoming increasingly invested in motorsport both on and off the track. For many companies, the costs associated with motor racing present a barrier to entry so we created Secure Racing to offer a way for any information security business, no matter how big or small, to get involved and share in the thrill of racing.” Paul Clark, Regional Director at AlgoSec.

Secure Racing’s car will be driven by ex-Porsche Club, Britcar 24 hour and GT3 Challenge racer Peter Erceg and talented youngster Chris Holmes. Erceg, who is the Director of IT Security for Everything, Everywhere, one of the UKs leading mobile operators, brings to the team a wealth of racing experience including placing 1st in class in the inaugural Porsche GB GT3 Challenge in 2010 and a 3rd in class in the 2007 24 hours of Silverstone. 24 year old Chris Holmes, from Leeds, comes to Secure Racing after competing in the British Caterham Superlight Championship, Formula BMW, Formula Renault, and British Formula 4 which saw Chris take 8 race wins from 11 starts, 2 podiums, and 6 new lap records (Vice Champion).

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