Posted on June 13, 2019
As of April 2019, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox has appointed a new Cyber Security Ambassador. Dr Henry Pearson has taken the position, which will bring together a dedicated person in the government with cyber security experience and expertise. Dr Pearson will be responsible for promoting the cyber capability of leading British firms in international markets.
Having previously worked for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as a cyber advisor, an independent advisor for the Ministry of Defence and a senior figure in Detica Ltd, Dr Pearson joins with substantial experience. He also holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge.
By working closely with UK businesses, Dr Pearson will seek to secure major international contracts with overseas governments and central banks that are looking to bolster their cyber defences against potential cyber threats.
This marks the UK’s ambition to increase its cyber security exports and the footprint of British Cyber firms overseas and capitalise on the growing demand around the world to safeguard critical national infrastructure. UK cyber exports are projected to reach £2.6 billion by 2021.
Dr Liam Fox welcomed Dr Henry Pearson: “Henry’s appointment will be instrumental in ensuring our world-leading firms are able to compete on the global stage and our cutting-edge technology is the first port of call for overseas government’s looking to secure their critical national infrastructure.”
The UK is one of the world’s leading players in cyber security, just falling short of the US and Israel. The UK’s reputation for cyber expertise is recognised worldwide and the Department for International Trade has committed to ensuring the UK fulfils its global potential.
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