Could the CISO be the saviour of essential UK services?

This week the digital minister Matt Hancock spoke of the government’s plans to make the UK “the safest place in the world to live and be online”. Numerous pieces of new legislation come into force in May next year which aim to better protect people, data and services from threats in the online world including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive. And with the threat of hefty fines for non-compliance (up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover), organisations and businesses across multiple sectors are under pressure to strengthen their cyber security strategy.

Shaun Turner, Senior Cyber and Infosec Recruitment Consultant, Networkers, comments on the security skill sets that are most in demand by businesses preparing to bolster their security:

“Chief Information Security Officers are the top dogs when it comes to looking after a company’s security strategy and leading a team to make sure that information assets and technologies are adequately protected. However, it is the people on the ground like security analysts, security architects and penetration testers who are perhaps most in demand. Of course, risk, assurance and governance consultants are also vital in creating a robust defence strategy.”

The consultation comes after the global Wannacry attack in May. The ransomware attack affected 150 countries, including the UK, where the systems of multiple NHS trusts were brought to a halt causing some patient operations to be cancelled.

For more on this story, view Computer Weekly’s article NIS Directive plans show UK is serious about tackling cyber threats.


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