Former Ministry of Defence and GCHQ security expert Les Anderson has joined BT as the new vice president of cyber.
With 27 years’ experience working as a technologist and programme manager in the UK’s intelligence, security and defence community, Anderson was instrumental in developing and delivering complex and pioneering IT security capabilities at GCHQ and spent ten years at the MoD where he developed IT security capabilities and managed large scale defence procurements.
Anderson said: “A steady stream of high profile hacks and headlines over the past 12 months should leave little doubt about the importance of robust cyber defence and governance.
“Now, more than ever, cyber security needs to be firmly on the radar of both Governments and board-room executives. I am delighted to be joining a leading global communications company that has security at the top of its agenda. I am looking forward to joining BT and starting the next chapter of my career.”
Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, said: “We are delighted that Les is joining the BT Security team. Protecting BT and its customers is vitally important to us.
“Les brings with him a wealth of unique experience which will be invaluable to us. He is the right person to help us navigate through the fast moving and ever-changing security threat landscape.”