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Steve (in the front) and Cameron (in the back) during their New Zealand swim in 2018.

Cameron Bellamy and Steve Walker are not afraid of risk. Their personal lives revolve around taking calculated risks. They met in Spain in 2015 in preparation for an ultramarathon swim from Spain to Morocco that took each of them over four hours to complete. They were just getting started with much longer swims to come. Hypothermia, muscle injury, sweeping ocean currents, jellyfish stings, sharks, and creeping self-doubt constitute a large part of the risks of ultramarathon swims; in other words, ultramarathon swimmers like Cameron and Steve are well-acquainted with risk and know how to embrace it in their swim careers. Because of this familiarity with risk, Cameron and Steve know when to be smart and strategic about the risks they take, and how to get rid of as many of the risk factors as possible to ensure safety and success.

With practice minimizing risk in his swimming career as well as having a professional background at Standard & Poor’s, Cameron was the perfect fit as a business partner for Steve, who wanted to start a compliance company to compliment his IT consulting business, Cobaltix. Steve founded Cobaltix as his first company in San Francisco in 2003. The company provides IT outsourcing and network consulting services to businesses around the United States as well as around the world.

Cam (L) and Steve’s (R) pre-swim nerves.

Its offerings also included cybersecurity compliance up until 2015 when, out of market need, the company’s time became increasingly devoted to compliance work. This was when Steve decided the time was right to create an independent company to handle these compliance and cybersecurity needs. Thus, Cobaltix Compliance was set into motion.

In August 2018, Cameron was the 11th person and the first African ever to complete the Oceans7–ultramarathon swimming’s equivalent of mountaineering’s Seven Summits. Steve is swimming towards completing this challenge as well, and has completed six out of the seven swims. As they continue to swim through oceans, Cameron and Steve minimize risk for clients as well, focusing on helping clients navigate regulatory environments, improve security, and reduce overall risk.