About Pharos

The Pharos Story

The lighthouse of Alexandria (later named Pharos), built in ~284BC, was originally constructed to help guide ships to port at night through a very narrow straight.  Eventually, Pharos became the etymological origin of the word “lighthouse” which is commonly used today to describe the guiding light structures built on rocky shores around the globe to guide ships at sea safely to harbour.

Pharos is the ideal representation of the work we do in strategically guiding and supporting CISOs and their teams as they navigate their ships through potentially unknown waters.  Pharos provides our clients with a more strategic security investment fueled by measurable data and KPI insights mapped directly to business outcomes and cyber resilience.

Strategic Support

CISOs and security teams are looking to ensure the security and protection of their data “harbours” by providing the right security strategy in an industry that is constantly in flux.

As regarded security consultants and leaders of global programmes, we often find that increased spending is not necessarily linked to overall improvement in protection.  This is compounded by the fact that there is no consistent and quantifiable way to measure security effectiveness which means CISO’s are finding it difficult to map security spend directly to strategic business outcomes.

Pharos wants to change this.

Our team is passionate about providing the right data and strategic insights for CISOs  and security professionals looking to provide executive teams and boards with the data and insights needed to roadmap a strategic security plan while better protecting their assets.

At Pharos, our sole mission is to provide CISOs and their respective boards with deep clarity and the ability to capture better data, analytics, and reporting to guide their risk appetite and strategic investment decisions.

Business as Usual

Pharos also deeply understands the need for “business as usual” while you look to implement new tools and services which is why our approach ensures that there is no disruption to your business and no need for deep integration of the platform on the client side.


We can start small to prove how this will work in your environment.


We deliver value in weeks.


We seek specific info using simple and uncomplicated methods.


We minimize your team’s time investment.


No activity will cause business disruption.


Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson

Founder and CTO

A security professional of over 20 years. Doug was with a Global Bank, where he was responsible for numerous security programs and initiatives across more than 40 countries. Ferguson was a Managing Consultant and researcher on the acclaimed X-Force at Internet Security Systems. He delivered security services to more than 200 clients globally and was a co-creator of the breakthrough System Scanner technology.

Communicate with the C-Suite in Business Terms

Translate the jargon of Security into Protection stories that resonate with the C-Suite.

Measure and Optimize Security ROI

Strongly connect the costs of Security to levels and types of Protection.

Guide an Informed Risk Appetite

Model Protection-Cost options and produce detailed SecOps action plans.

Measure and Track SecOps Performance

Leverage a comprehensive KPI suite to qualify and quantify SecOps. Centralize and curate the artefacts of SecOps.