Chani Simms BSc(Hons), MBCS, CHFI, CIS LA, CIS LI

Award-winning Cybersecurity Leader

Award-winning Cybersecurity Leader | Founder SHe CISO Exec. Platform | Managing Director – Meta Defence Labs | TEDx Speaker |The 50 Most Influential Women in Cybersecurity


Chani is passionate entrepreneur, C-level advisor, vCISO, ISO27001 and IASME auditor, Cyber Essentials assessor and specialist in helping organisations to implement and manage information security and data protection programs. Has been an information technology professional for over 17 years. Volunteers as a Judge for SC media and (ISC)2 global achievements awards.

Since the age of 19, Chani has been an enthusiast in information technology. Graduated from Kingston University, London with a BSc (hons) in Computer Science. She spent a considerable amount of years as an infrastructure virtualisation consultant at IBM UK and advanced her career towards IT infrastructure security as an independent consultant, then co-founding Meta Defence Labs in 2015, an award-winning boutique information security and infrastructure service provider in UK and Sri Lanka.

Founded SHe CISO Exec. give back platform in cybersecurity, leadership and empowerment. Consists of five-day Boot Camp, meetups and monthly mentoring platform ( Chani’s own experience in the industry and her passion for the InfoSec industry led her to create the SHe CISO Exec. platform that is on a mission to bridging the gaps in cybersecurity industry by empowering a diverse talent pool of emotionally intelligent cybersecurity leaders.


  • Top 50 Most Influential Women in Cybersecurity 2019 – SC Media
  • UK2019 Winner – (ISC)2 Information Security Leadership Awards: ‘Woman Information Security Professional’ EMEAIFSEC Global “Top Influencers in Security & Fire” for 2019. Ranked #1 in the Ones-to-Watch category
  • UK’s Leading experts in cybersecurity & Infrastructure 2019 – by CV Magazine
  • UK’s Trusted Leaders For Cybersecurity 2018 – by CV Magazine

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