McLaren Harry

Harry McLaren

Senior Cybersecurity Consultant

Name:Harry McLaren
Address:Edinburgh, UK
A passionate cybersecurity professional with experience working within large enterprises across financial, luxury retail, energy and IT service based industries. Providing an organized approach to workload management with an emphasis on detail, combined with a robust methodology to incident response, investigation and remediation. Works diligently to achieve successful outcomes within set time constraints and develop maintainable processes and procedures. Member of the British Computer Society (BCS). Was award the ‘Outstanding People Award’ by ECS in 2015.


January 2017 - present


Senior Security Consultant


  • Appointment of ‘Splunk Enablement Lead’ to build out practice capability to deliver Splunk-based projects.
  • Included on the ‘Tech 100 for Scotland’.
  • Leader of the Splunk User Group Edinburgh.
  • Awarded the ‘Outstanding People Award’ by ECS for the Splunk Enablement Programme.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assessing core IT security function capabilities & activities and improve alignment with strategic
  • Recommending projects and initiatives for quick wins and longer-term business improvement.
  • Confidently scoping complex or critical IT security functions as well as high-level business cases.
  • Compiling total cost of ownership and return on investment models for leading business cases.
  • Acting as senior advisor on IT security, across organisational and governance teams.
  • Ensuring regular, clear and diligent communication across senior IT stakeholders, within the team
    and ECS management.
  • Leading complex and critical consultative engagements with senior management.
2014 - 2016


Security Consultant
  • Successfully deploying a number of complex Splunk environments, including complex data onboarding, multisite clustering and ensuring best practise security configuration.
  • Expanding specialized skill sets to be able to design and implement Splunk based projects alongside achieving the Splunk Architect, Administrator, Sale Engineer and Consultant accreditations.
  • Developing SOC processes for Event Monitoring, Incident Management and Use Case Development for a major high street supermarket.
  • Performing ISO27001:2013 security assessments for a high street bank upon third-party suppliers.
  • Conducting site visits to assess physical security controls of tier 4 data centres.
  • Remote and onsite SIEM engineering (Splunk) including host management (CentOS), system troubleshooting, log source on-boarding and security remediations.
  • Assisting with recruitment process including resume review, applicant interviewing and induction.
  • Co-writing request for proposals (RFP) for various large enterprise clients for managed service, security operations and SIEM design and implementation based projects.
2013 - 2014


Senior Analyst

Designing and implementing managerial information packs, building on and improving accuracy of SLA reporting and overall service delivery. Designing a number of training sessions and supporting material for emerging security technologies and delivering them to other team members.

  • Security auditing and incident management to a global bank in a security operations centre.
  • Analysis of security alerts to identify potential security incidents.
  • Support of response to potential security incidents and provision of ad hoc security reports.
2011 - 2012


Desktop Support Analyst

Bringing SLA breaches down from 15% to 1.5% within 12 months alongside reducing ITSM queue from 300 tickets to 25-30 on average. Delivering core support and implementation of Windows 7 rollout to business, ensuring minimal down time, assessing UAT results and promoting lessons learned.

  • Onsite role supporting an office of over 500 users at a 2nd line level of IT support and assistance.
  • Managing escalations, user communications and assisting in major incident management.
  • Supporting various technology teams maintaining critical infrastructure.
2006 - 2010

Hoylake Computer Centre

Senior Technician

End-to-end management of store relocation and setup and delivery of training programme. Facilitating a site relocation, doubling space and customer visibility.

  • IT repair centre focused on client support and promoting best practices across support areas.
  • Computer diagnostics, repair, network troubleshooting, software installation and hardware builds.
  • Onsite callouts to install and maintain SOHO type internet connections and LAN based networking.


2015 - present

Positive Realities

Trustee & Chairperson
  • Providing governance to the charity.
  • Responsible for organization IT strategy and support.
  • Ongoing management of the charity CEO.
2014 - 2015

Nightline Association

IT Projects Development Manager
  • Project managing the development and roll-out of new IT Projects.
  • Dotted-line line management of volunteers allocated to active projects.
  • Ensure the welfare and teamwork of the team working on projects, ensuring consistent support.
2011 - 2013

Edinburgh Nightline

Training & IT Coordinator

Working alongside a dedicated team of other IT Volunteers to support & promote primarily IT based projects throughout the organization and the other nationally based Nightlines which are members of the association.

Providing the community with a listening and information service that is run by student volunteers.

  • Organizing training events throughout the year for over 80 volunteers.
  • Committing to regular duties that run overnight with a fellow operator.
2008 - 2011

First Aid Africa

Project Coordinator & Internal Training Officer
  • Development of training for new and existing team leaders, ensuring high standards of health and safety, general administration and local customs and practices while on placement abroad/UK.
  • Standardizing and writing a protocol for the UK Support Base for emergencies and parental contact.
  • Mitigation of immigration issues, remedial action planning and signing of government contracts.
  • Managing a project that facilitated 70 volunteers to teach 6000+ children about First Aid
2009 - 2010

British Red Cross

First Aider

Attending duties at public events to provide first aid support and to manage associated equipment.



2015 - present

Splunk Certified Consultant (Level 2)

Splunk Inc.
  • Splunk Certified Consultant (Level 1)
  • Splunk Certified Sales Engineer (Level 1)
  • Splunk Certified Sales Engineer (Level 2)
  • Splunk Certified Sales Representative (Level 1)
  • Splunk Certified Architect
  • Splunk Certified Administrator
  • Splunk Certified Knowledge Manager
  • Splunk Certified IT & App Sales Rep

(Versions 6.0 & 6.3)

Outstanding People Award (2015)

2015 April

Awarded the ‘Outstanding People Award’ by ECS for Dedication to a Customer

University Medal

2014 June
Edinburgh Napier University

Saltire Award – Intermediate

2013 December
Scottish Government

Innovator Of The Year

2013 December
Edinburgh Nightline

Campus President

2007 January
Wirral Metropolitan College

Best New Cyber Talent

2016 January
Scottish Government

Outstanding People Award (2017)

2017 March

Awarded the ‘Outstanding People Award’ by ECS for the Splunk Enablement Programme.

International Mountain Explorers Connection

International Mountain Explorers Connection

IT Support, Website Support
Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

IT Support, Website Support
Positive Realities

Positive Realities

IT Support, Management, Website Support
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