IDENTITY &

AUTHENTICATION

Our mission is to change the way organisations think of identity and authentication by simplifying KYC then enabling user and transaction authentication of any content from any channel, anytime, anywhere. Identity and authentication as it should be!

About Salt Group

Salt Group is an Australian IT security company helping businesses to embrace the full potential of diverse electronic and traditional channels for service delivery with frictionless and consistent customer interaction across all channels.

Salt Group provides a robust security infrastructure to support the authentication of mobile and embedded devices, users, and transactions.

Salt Group enables businesses to take advantage of emergent technologies to continually improve the customer experience and to dynamically align the authentication approach with the risks associated with the customer interaction.

Leadership Team

Ross Oakley
Founder & CEO

Ross has more than 30 years' experience in the application of technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the online delivery of business services in the banking, government and telecommunications sectors.

Ross, together with Chris Baharis established Salt Group's mobile security product development strategy and key partner alliances which now see Salt Group products operating in Australia, Asia Pacific and Europe. Ross continues to seek out product and services opportunities that leverage Salt's unique capabilities in mobile systems, security and payments

Previously, after spending 15 years in the banking and finance industry Ross founded Rotek Consulting, a niche technology consulting firm focussing on developing products and solutions to support the secure electronic delivery of sensitive business services, principally for the finance and banking sector. Rotek established a pre-eminent position within the region in the areas of transaction security, smart cards, and PKI solutions, leading to its acquisition in 1998 by SecureNet. Ross continued to work with SecureNet and headed their Consulting and Research and Development Divisions prior to leaving to form Salt Group in 2002.

MARTIN SCHLATTER
COO

Martin joined Salt Group with a career that spans over 20 years' experience in the information security industry establishing business and leading teams in the design, development, marketing, sales and management of information security solutions and services globally.

As Chief Operating Officer, Martin will be responsible for driving Salt Group's growth strategy to increase its local and global presence supplying software, and associated professional services and support, for use in the financial services industry and government sectors.

Prior to joining Salt Group Martin has held roles in consulting, operations management, pre-sales, technical architecture and executive management at corporations in ICT services, consulting and financial services sectors in South Africa, United Kingdom and Australia. Martin was most recently with NTT Group as the CIO and CEO APAC at NTT Security and head of the IT Business Optimisation practise at NTT Limited.

Chris Baharis
Technology Director

Chris joined Salt Group in 2004 with over 25 years' experience in the development and implementation of technology based systems. In his role as Technology Director Chris has a broad ambit including responsibility for the development of Salt Group's technology strategy and positioning, which in turn informs our product strategy.

Additionally, Chris maintains a deep day to day involvement in Salt Group's consulting and systems integration activities. Through this ongoing interaction with business users and understanding their challenges and priorities, Salt Group ensures the relevance and appropriateness of its product development outcomes.

Prior to joining Salt Group Chris held senior technology and consulting positions at BHP Research Laboratories and most recently at CyberTrust (formerly BeTrusted) where Chris worked across a range of areas including product development, customer consulting and systems integration, principally supporting the finance and telecommunications sectors. Chris has expert knowledge in identity management and information systems security and their roles within the broad eBusiness area.

Rasika Arachchige
Head of Advanced Solutions Group

Rasika has over 20 years' experience in the IT industry involved in design, development, consulting and integrating various Cyber Security products and solutions. In his role as Head of Advanced Solutions Group, he is responsible for delivering bespoke advanced cryptographic and security solutions to Salt's government and banking sector customers globally. Additionally, he supports Salt Group's product integration and professional services activities interacting with customers on a daily basis.

Prior to joining Salt Group in 2006, Rasika had experience in technological areas such as point of sales payments and smart utility metering systems. Rasika has expert knowledge and experience in Hardware Security Module based Cryptography, Data protection and Key Management systems.

Pedram Ghovonlou
CTO

Pedram joined Salt Group in 2008 and has over 20 years' experience in the IT industry specialising in authentication and identity which extends across a spectrum of advanced security technology and mobile platforms in the public and private sector having previously worked in SecureNet Limited (now Verizon Business) and IBM Australia.

As Chief Technology Officer, Pedram is accountable for Salt Group's product strategy, roadmap and innovation. He has lead the design, direction and technology roadmap of Salt Group's products from inception and early prototyping to the current mobile authentication product suite that is deployed throughout the Australian banking sector and South East Asia.

More recently, Pedram has been driving Positronic.Life, an innovative mobile centric e-KYC and Authentication technology with a mission to simplify user identity across online service delivery channels.


Salt Cybersecurity (EMEA)

Richard Parris
CEO

Richard is CEO of Salt Cybersecurity Ltd, the European subsidiary of Salt Group. Richard is passionate about building great companies, developing people and creating value.

Richard has a successful Chairman and CEO, with a track record of leading innovation, business development and fund raising. A proven entrepreneur, Richard founded the Intercede Group, an UK/US cybersecurity software company, in 1992 and IPO'd the business on the London Stock Exchange in 2001.

Richard is a graduate of the University of Manchester, holds an MBA from the University of Warwick, is a Registered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In his early career he designed nuclear reactors and worked on advanced engineering projects for the Boeing Company.

Alastair Taylor
Head of Advanced Solution Group (EMEA)

Alastair has over 30 years' experience building solutions to secure critical infrastructure, applications and services.

Prior to joining Salt Group, Alastair held key Solution Architect roles in Thales e-Security, specialising in PKI, authentication, cryptography, payments, blockchain, smartcards, tokens and cloud cryptography/BYOK. Alastair is a Hardware Security Module (HSM) specialist (nShield, payShield, Luna).

Alastair is a graduate of Abertay University, holds a BSc (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

Partners

ENTRUST

Entrust empowers world-leading organisations by delivering trust, integrity and control to their business critical information and applications.

Entrust's cryptographic solutions secure emerging technologies - cloud, IoT, blockchain, digital payments - and help meet new compliance mandates. Using the same proven technology that customers depend on today to protect against threats to their sensitive data, network communications and enterprise infrastructure.

Salt Group is a reseller of Entrust nShield HSMs in Australia and New Zealand.  

THALES E-SECURITY

Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of data protection solutions with more than 40 years’ experience securing the world's most sensitive information. Thales products improve the security of applications that rely on encryption and digital signatures.

By protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information that flows through today's traditional, virtualized, and cloud-based infrastructures, Thales is helping organisations reduce risk, demonstrate compliance, enhance agility, and pursue strategic goals with greater confidence. 

Salt Group is a reseller of core Thales products in Australia and New Zealand, in particular the Thales Vormetric Data Encryption and Tokenisation products. 

Intercede

Intercede is a UK based company specialising in identity and credential management software that enables organisations to create and use trusted digital identities for employees, citizens and machines. This allows secure access to services, facilities, information and networks. Intercede has provided identity verification and management services to global customers for more than 20 years. Millions of identities are managed using Intercede's MyID product. Customers trusting Intercede for secure digital identity include the US and UK governments and some of the world's largest corporations, telecommunications providers and information technology partners. 

feitian

Feitian Technologies is a Chinese based company specialising in the manufacture of OATH hardware tokens, contact and contactless smart-cards, EMV chips, and payment terminals.

Salt Group is a reseller of Feitian products in Australia, in particular the OATH hardware security tokens.

Charismathics

Charismathics is a German based company that specialises in smartcard middleware security products, offering new ways to integrate and personalise PKI and PIV smartcards.

Salt Group is a reseller of charismathics products in Australia, in particular the PKI and PIV smartcard middleware, a fully configurable PKI client for security tokens of all major smartcard vendors.