Q/A: Cyber Security in the Digital Age
Q/A with Walter O’Brien, Founder and CEO of Scorpion Computer Services
Q: Your company, Scorpion Computer Services, recently began applying its high-tech expertise, which you have traditionally used to serve the military, start-up companies and Fortune 500 corporations, to wealthy families and their family of ces. How did you get into this niche market?
Q: You refer to your family of ce activities as “up-concierge” services. What types of activities does this entail?
Q: Those are some very exotic one-of-a-kind projects. What are some of the more common problems family of ces come to you to solve?
Q: National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander, who estimates that cyber-thieves have stolen $1 trillion of intellectual property over the internet “the greatest transfer of wealth in history.” In what ways are single family of ces most vulnerable?
Q: what are the most important ways SFOs can protect themselves from iT security breaches?
Q: How should families structure their approach to IT with respect to planning and resourcing – both for the family of ce itself as well as the underlying interests (properties, business assets, etc.)?
Q: How safe, really, is it to keep personal and nancial data on the cloud?
Q: when wealthy family members participate in social media sites such as Facebook, what are some of the most important safety dos and don’ts?
AJR: Your company, Scorpion Computer Services, recently began applying its high-tech expertise, which you have traditionally used to serve the military, start-
up companies and Fortune 500 corporations, to wealthy families and their family of ces. How did you get into this niche market?
Scorpion: when i launched my company 25 years ago, i started in technology by hiring prodigies to solve problems. Our view remains the harder the problem, the better.
Over time we expanded our services into 22 different service offerings in
three basic practice areas: Planning (discovery and strategy), Execution (Delivery Management) and Support (Quality, Risk and Compliance). Our
results supersede those of more traditional large consulting rms in terms of performance, architecture, exibility and quality of the nal product. Our big- picture thinking, customizing our approach and building in objective accountability with key performance indicators is what sets us apart and produces results.
I created my own family of ce a couple years ago, when my company’s fast growth resulted in my acquiring a lot of resources which I need to manage. I went to family of ce seminars to learn about that world. At the same time, our clients shared our success and their assets grew signi cantly. The more money our clients accumulated, the more ambitious and more complex their goals for us became.
So today, in addition to the military, startups and Fortune 500 companies, our clients include more than 14 billionaires and numerous families with net worth of more than $100 million each. These clients include royal families in different countries who hire us to analyze their entire country and design a sustainable future roadmap for that country.