Steve Purser was born in the UK and attended the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia where he obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemical physics respectively. He started work in 1985 in the area of software development, subsequently progressing to project management and consultancy roles. From 1993 to 2008, he occupied the role of Chief Information Security Officer for a number of financial institutions. He joined ENISA in December 2008 and is currently responsible for all operational activities of the Agency.