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Kirsty Paine

Kirsty Paine (she/her) is a Strategic Advisor in Technology and Innovation for Splunk’s EMEA region, where she provides technical thought leadership for strategic accounts. As an experienced technologist, strategist and security specialist, she thrives on understanding difficult problems and finding creative solutions. Her long-standing mantra, after nearly a decade working in cyber security, is simple and straightforward: "Make Good Choices".

Kirsty's background in cyber security stems from her mathematical roots, built on by her time working for the UK National Cyber Security Centre, where she spent years specialising in security, privacy and internet technologies. There, she often joked that her job was to look after two simple things: the security of 1) the internet and 2) all of its things. This role required a lot of technical strategy, coupled with international engagement across industry, and quite a lot of patience.

When not finding or fixing problems, Kirsty can usually be found in the gym or surrounded by sushi (making it, eating it, or both).


Learn 3 Min Read

Homomorphic Encryption: How It Works

Homomorphic encryption is a new way to protect data. Learn how homomorphic encryption reduces certain problems inherent in traditional decryption.
Security 5 Min Read

SOC Models: In-House, Out-Sourced, or Hybrid SOC?

Splunk's Kirsty Paine shares best practices from a roundtable held at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2023.
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The Quantum Threat: Options for Migrating to Quantum Safe Cryptography

You’ve heard that eventually you’ll need to migrate to quantum-safe cryptography. And yet, we're here to tell you one thing: don’t do anything yet.
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Quantum-Safe Cryptography & Standards: QSC, PQC, QKD & More!

Quantum-safe cryptography sounds complicated. Expert Kirsty Paine defines quantum-safe cryptography, differentiates PQC & QKD, and talks NIST post-quantum process.
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Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computers (CRQCs) & The Quantum Threat

Quantum computing sounds scary (depending on your source), but you don't have to be worried! Get expert information on today's quantum threat.
IT 4 Min Read

How I fell in love… with Data Governance (no, really)

It’s a romantic story, and I never worried about compliance again. You need Data Governance more than it needs you!