Meet Fiona: The ex-cop helping CISOs nail hackers

Meet Fiona: The ex-cop helping CISOs nail hackers

With a 17-year career in the police force, former investigator and all-round cyber action woman Fiona Paterson has form in whodunit cases. Now she’s focused on rooting out hackers in big business and the wider landscape – leading the world’s first cyber investigation accreditation programme for detectives, analysts, legal and IT staff


Fiona Paterson has spent over two decades trying to get to the bottom of things. With a background in forensic psychology, her lifelong fascination with human behaviour has supercharged her career in crime detection and rooting out cyber fraudsters.

“My former chief constable used to call me a ‘computer dweller’ because I was one of these people that sat in a room as an analyst and knew how to get information out of computers,” she says. “When I worked for Sussex Police, I noticed more investigations becoming based around people using social media or the web. So it was just having an interest in human behaviour that drove me to learn how online investigations work.”

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