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Mathieu Gorge | Founder & CEO | VigiTrust

Mathieu Gorge: A Passionate Leader in Data Security, Compliance, and Risk Management

Online data protection has become more critical than ever in the digital world. Being complacent in protecting online information can be a significant threat, and cybercriminals exploit that. Addressing the evolving threats to the data with evolving and innovative solutions becomes the most critical need of all businesses.

“No one in compliance can afford to stay still,” believing in this statement, Mathieu Gorge thinks that innovation must ensure that security solutions address current threats, vulnerabilities, and regulations & standards. As the Founder and CEO of VigiTrust, Mathieu utilizes his knowledge and experience to resolve the cybersecurity industry issues innovatively. Apart from that, Mathieu has also written a book entitled The Cyber Elephant in the Boardroom, published by ForbesBooks (November 2020), aimed at Board members, C-Suites, and critical decision-makers facing cyber accountability challenges.

Establishing Authority in Cybersecurity

Mathieu studied languages, marketing, and law but never once learned IT or compliance. However, he was lucky enough to work for companies where leaders were passionate about security; he caught the bug and found his passion in data security, a subset of the security market, growing to risk management and compliance.

Mathieu’s areas of expertise include PCI DSS, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, VRM, and ISO 27001. He has been involved in payment security for more than 20 years and has worked with many security working groups and associations in the US and EU. Thanks to his international work hand, building on the success of VigiTrust’s 5 Pillars of Security Framework™, he is a regular speaker at international security and compliance conferences such as RSA, ENISA & ISACA.

Mathieu was the President of the French Irish Chamber of Commerce in Dublin from 2017-to 2019 – He remained on the Executive council and as chair of the ICT working group. He has also served as the Chairman of InfoSecurity Ireland and was an Official Reviewer for ANSI (US). He is the founder of the PCI DSS European Roadshow, running since 2011.

Mathieu is an established authority and speaker on Cybersecurity, Risk Management & Compliance with more than 20 years of international experience. He is also the Chairman of the VigiTrust Global Advisory Board, an international security and compliance think tank. In 2021, he was awarded the rank of Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French Government (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite)

Mathieu developed a passion for a domain he did not study, cyber security, learning technical skills rapidly surrounded by the right people who shared their knowledge with him. Having no sales or management training, he learned to build, grow and maintain a company, its team, finances, and operations. Without any management training, it was an uphill battle; however, he surrounded himself with competent people who had more experience than him, and they have guided him throughout the process.

Being at the Forefront

VigiTrust is award-winning Integrated Risk management (IRM) solution provider (PCI, GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, VRM) founded in 2003. It is based in Dublin, Ireland, and has support offices in New York and Paris. VigiOne, VigiTrust’s flagship solution, enables organizations to achieve and maintain compliance with legal, industrial, and security standards and frameworks, including data protection, data transfer and retention, Protected Health Information (PHI), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), ISO 27001 compliance programs, and corporate governance. VigiTrust helps global Fortune 500 customers comply with US Federal regulations, State regulations, and European directives.

VigiTrust has clients in the retail, hospitality, banking, PSP, and assessors’ industries (to name but a few) in 120+ countries. Thanks to the VigiTrust Global Advisory Board, a non-commercial thinktank bringing together a group of experts, researchers, security and compliance professionals, regulators, law enforcement, and other industry and domain experts, VigiTrust is always at the forefront of cyber-security innovation.

The VigiTrust Advisory Board allows members and guests to discuss and explore new trends, research and innovation, and the latest threat vectors in terms of cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. These events, are organized in a confidential, non-commercial, and non-profit setting under Chatham House Rules. They feature international speakers renowned for their knowledge in a specific field regarding security & compliance.

Security is a Journey

If you look at the roots of the business, you’ll see that data protection was always the center stone of all things VigiTrust. It still is, so GDPR is right up the pouring alley. Providing a solution like VigiOne allows clients and partners to prepare for, validate, and maintain compliance with GDPR and link that to over 100 interrelated data protection standards and laws makes total sense.

In Mathieu’s view, GDPR sets the right tone for data protection minimum levels, enforcement, and continuous security. Mathieu always says that  Security is a journey, not a destination. GDPR is well aligned with this because you must continually update your data ecosystem and perform privacy impact assessments when a new data flow comes into play.

Simplifying Implementation of Security Solutions

VigiTrust has nineteen years of experience in the information security services sector into one single SaaS solution, enabling complex and disparate organizations to simplify implementing and managing security and privacy regulations. Its solution, VigiOne, utilizes

VigiTrust’s 5 Pillars of Security Framework™  and it enables to achieve and maintain compliance with legal, industrial, and security standards and frameworks. VigiTrust continually innovates and creates new features. It has a roadmap that it follows with precision to ensure that VigiOne is always adapted to any organization like QSAs, ASVs, hotels, acquiring banks, large retail companies, and other end-users worldwide!

VigiTrust continues to innovate and relies on topics discussed at the Global Advisory Board and its community of 700+ members to help it drive innovation in the right direction!

Addressing Ever-Evolving Issues

VigiTrust will continue to innovate and address the ever-evolving legal and industry standards landscape regarding data protection and compliance.

The Advisory Board will continue to monitor the security and compliance environment.

VigiOne has a very busy roadmap for this new year and is now venturing into Machine learning and AI innovation, so watch this space in 2022 for some major announcements!

Prioritizing Right Association

Mathieu advises aspiring entrepreneurs in the compliance sector, “Just do it! It’s a fascinating, ever-evolving domain! Surround yourself with the right people who know more than you in their respective domains, build a great company culture for your team, work super hard, and make fun!”