Lateral Security is New Zealand’s leading independent IT security company providing tailored information security testing and advisory services.

Directors Nick von Dadelszen and Ratu Mason founded Lateral Security in 2008 after seeing the need for an independent ICT security services company that uses a highly specialised team of management (advisory) and technical (testing) security consultants.

Since then, Lateral Security has gone from strength to strength and it is now firmly established in New Zealand and Australia with offices in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Melbourne. The company has strategic partners in Hong Kong, Canada and the United States.

Clients include businesses and government agencies with the toughest security compliance requirements, including those in the financial services and telecommunications.



Nick von Dadelszen
Director, Technical Team Lead

Nick is co-founder of Lateral Security and its principal security consultant with over 13 years of experience in the security industry. He is a regular presenter on IT security topics and lectured at Canterbury University. Before co-founding Lateral Security Nick worked at Deloitte New Zealand and, which is where he first met Ratu Mason.  Nick’s strengths include:

  • Penetration testing (network & application)
  • Architecture and design specialist
  • Application source code analysis
  • Configuration reviews of servers, firewalls, and routers
  • RFID smartcard specialist

Ratu Mason
Director, Relationship Manager

Ratu is co-founder of Lateral Security and its senior sales/relationship manager. He has over 18 years experience in technical and account management positions. He is also an active member of ISIG and “First Tuesday”. Before co-founding Lateral Security Ratu worked at, Vodafone, Eagle Technology and Telecom New Zealand. Ratu’s strengths include:

  • Relationship and account management
  • Industry knowledge and corporate understanding
  • In-depth telecommunications/IT background
  • Presents at security awareness events
  • Business Intelligence & Webmaster



Rajesh is the Wellington Services Account Manager with over 20 years in key account management roles in various industries including telecommunications, ICT, government and financial services. Rajesh’s previous roles in sales and account management within the enterprise and government business segments means he has an established history in client driven outcomes.


  • Relationship and account management
  • Industry knowledge (corporate and government)
  • Local and international exposure to complex IT systems
  • Consultative approach to client driven outcomes
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Kevin is the Auckland Services Account Manager. Kevin has over seven years of experience in business development, relationship management and sales in the IT infrastructure and security software industries. Kevin always strives to establish long-term trusting relationships that generate mutual success.


  • Client relationship management
  • Business acumen and industry knowledge
  • Customer focused and outcome driven

Dan is the Christchurch based Technical Sales Specialist (IT Security). Dan has a strong technical background, with over 10 years of industry-relevant experience. He is an active member of the local ISIG & OWASP chapters. Prior to Lateral Security, Dan has worked in web development, monitoring, and testing, as well as systems administration.


  • Customer relationship management
  • Industry knowledge
  • International exposure to complex IT systems
  • Customer focused and outcome driven
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Tracey is the Lateral Security Project Coordinator with many years of experience working in NZ Govt and Enterprise clients.  Tracey is focused on timely project delivery and in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.


  • Project coordination and management
  • NZ Govt experience and security clearance
  • HR and process improvement
  • Technical writing and document development
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Andrew is our Account Manager with over 10 years in sales management, building client relationships within customer service industries. Andrew has extensive background in customer service, contact and call centre management, IT service desk, fault and resolution tracking. Andrew is also a tennis coach for a number of Wellington clubs and enjoys the challenges of both of these roles.


  • Business development
  • Sales management/digital media
  • Client management
  • Customer and fault resolution
  • Quality service improvement
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Benjamin is a Technical Team Leader with 8 years of experience in the IT industry.  In this time he has worked for both private companies and government organisations in system administration, software development and support roles. In the past he has done research into computer science education techniques and his active area of research is in digital forensic analysis tools.


  • General security advisory and consulting
  • Security risk assessment
  • Penetration testing (network & application)
  • Application source code reviews

Niresh is a Technical Team Leader and has over 8 years of professional IT security experience, covering a wide range of skills including technical knowledge in network infrastructure, operating system hardening, IDS/IPS implementation and networking technologies.

Exposure to various industries such as financial institutions, government agencies in Malaysia and New Zealand, insurance, energy and private companies has given Niresh a wide range of IT security skills.


  • Penetration testing (network & application)
  • IDS/IPS implementation
  • Network & system monitoring
  • NZISM, ISO27001/2

Aaron is an Advisory Team Leader with 20 years’ experience in the information security industry focusing on Governance, Risk & Compliance. Aaron has extensive experience working in the government sector but started his security career in the banking industry.


  • Security governance
  • Security risk assessments
  • Security compliance
  • Certification & Accreditation
  • General security advisory 

Todd is the Cyber Security Team Leader with 17 years of experience in the ICT industry, 14 of which have been in specialist security roles across Defence and Government in New Zealand and internationally. He has also served as a member of the Army Reserve for 19 years. Todd has wide operational experience across a range of cyberspace security fields, including performing several operational deployments in the Middle East and Pacific. He has a thorough understanding of cyber adversaries and their tactics.


  • Detailed understanding of cyber adversaries and approaches to mitigate threats
  • Identification and mitigation of cyber risks
  • System security analysis
  • Development of policy and frameworks
  • Ability to communicate and engage with technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Development, training and mentoring of staff
  • Certification & Accreditation

Dirk is an Advisory Security Consultant with over 15 years of experience in information security management and technical security operation / administration.  Dirk has worked for over 5 years as a Security Assurance Manager for different New Zealand government departments and finance companies which involved IT security reporting, security reviews, threat mitigation and providing technical advice on how to secure his clients information, assets and infrastructure.


  • General security advisory
  • Security risk management
  • Security incident management
  • Security reporting
  • Local and international exposure to complex IT systems
  • Consultative approach to client driven outcomes

Mayank is an IT Security Consultant with over 6 years of global information security experience. Mayank has worked with most of the global organisations including leading players in government, financial, tourism, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.


  • General security advisory and consulting
  • Penetration testing (network & application)
  • Configuration reviews of servers, firewalls and routers
  • Architecture and design reviews
  • Application source code reviews
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Alex is an Advisory Security Consultant with over 25 years' experience in information technology and has worked in diverse industries that include media, manufacturing, agriculture and national government. With a background in infrastructure security and with a higher level pan Enterprise views of risk, security, compliance and process.


  • General information security advisory and consulting
  • Information asset/risk assessment
  • Information Security Strategic Planning
  • Audit responses and frameworks
  • Securing IoT/sensor networks/sensor data management
  • Infrastructure Architecture Review
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Lukas is an IT Security Consultant based in Christchurch, with 2 years of experience in the IT industry.  In this time he has worked for a private company in software development. He has a degree in Computer Security from Canterbury University.


  • General security advisory and consulting
  • Application penetration testing
  • Application source code reviews
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Josh is a Senior Security Consultant with over five years of IT experience in public sector audit roles and offensive security.

Josh has experience with large-scale IT project implementation and architecture, as well as a strong understanding of application development, Linux, Unix and open standards-based technologies as well as security methodologies and frameworks including OWASP, OSSTMM and NZISM.


  • General security advisory
  • Network and application penetration testing
  • Architecture and design review
  • Application source code review
  • Mobile device and application analysis
  • Cryptographic vulnerability review
  • Kiosk hardening

Ben (AKA Memphis) is an IT Security Consultant with over 10 years of experience in IT and IT management. He has worked at Fortune 500 companies and in higher education in the United States supporting a wide range of technologies, services, and clients.


  • Unix Host Review
  • Architecture Design Review
  • Network Reconnaissance
  • General Security Advisory 
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Karl is an IT Security Consultant with 5 years of experience in the IT industry.  In this time he has worked in both technical support and software development roles. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Canterbury University.


  • General security advisory and consulting
  • Application penetration testing
  • Hardware assessment
  • Security training

Dominic is a IT Security Consultant with a focus on web application, mobile application security and social engineering. Throughout his academic career, Dominic has mentored a number of peers in information security, Linux/Unix and digital forensics focused areas of study.  Dominic has also contributed to open source, security-focused projects.  Dominic can also regularly be found at New Zealand’s information security conferences and meetups such as Wellington’s ISIG chapter and previously Kiwicon.


  • Technical knowledge covering a wide variety of disciplines and technologies
  • Good understanding of Linux, Unix and open-standards based technologies
  • Strong understanding of key digital forensics technologies and concepts
  • Discovered of a number of vulnerabilities that are disclosed but not currently public
  • Strong understanding of open penetration testing methodologies such as OWASP and information security and assurance manuals such as the NZISM
  • Strong understanding of scripting and programming languages such as Bash and Python

Dmitry is an IT Security Consultant with over ten years of experience with roles which have a strong focus on networking and security.  His technical knowledge is wide and varied and includes, but it not limited to: networking technologies, Windows and Linux systems and VoIP.  He has experience with large-scale IT project implementation and architecture and has a vast understanding of Linux, Unix and open standards-based technologies


  • Penetration testing (network & application)
  • Network design review
  • Configuration reviews of servers, firewalls and routers
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Carine is our Accounts Administrator. Based in Lateral Security's Wellington office, Carine brings many years of administration experience to the company.


  • Invoicing
  • Sourcing suppliers
  • Process development and improvement
  • General office administration