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National Cyber Security Centre announces new CEO

A new CEO of the Government agency was announced last week.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) appointed Richard Horne on April 19 and he will enter the role in the Autumn of 2024.

He will lead the “UK’s national technical authority for cyber security as it continues in its mission to make the UK the safest place to live and work online,” according to a press release by NCSC.

His role aims to increase cyber resilience, ensure cyber security is at the heart UK’s future technology landscape, which includes AI and quantum computing and to manage the most critical cyber incidents affecting the UK.

You can read the full press release here

What has the experts said?

Anne Keast-Butler, Director, GCHQ, said:

“I’m delighted that Richard Horne will become the next CEO of the NCSC.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience working with major companies and organisations to help them understand and manage their cyber security – and respond to incidents when they occur.

“Richard’s experience will ensure the NCSC continues to drive cyber security up the boardroom agenda and develop its world-leading partnerships to address the cyber security threats that the UK faces.”

Prior to joining PwC, Richard was Managing Director of Cyber Security for Barclays PLC. Richard was seconded from Barclays to the Cabinet Office for 2011, to help shape and drive the Government’s first Cyber Security Strategy – both across government and the wider economy.

Richard holds a PhD in Mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London. He has served on a number of advisory boards for academic institutions and cyber security startup companies.

Richard Horne, incoming CEO of the NCSC, said:

“It is an honour to become CEO of the NCSC.

“Over the seven years since its establishment, the NCSC has repeatedly shown its world-leading understanding of technology and its unparalleled knowledge of the cyber threat we face in the UK.

“I’m incredibly honoured and excited about leading a globally recognised organisation, its world-class experts and leaders into the future whilst helping ensure that our mission is realised.”


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