Founding CEO of National Cyber Security Centre joins board of key Scottish cyber organisation

The founding chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has joined the board of one of Scotland’s leading cyber organisations as it bids to strengthen its strategic relationships across the UK.

Ciaran Martin, who helped set up NCSC, the public-facing cyber arm of GCHQ – Britain’s ‘listening post’ – will work closely with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and its CEO, Jude McCorry, to cultivate key partnerships with agencies across the country.

Martin, who stepped down from his role earlier this year to become Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, said: “The work that the SBRC does is unique; the collaboration and connection it has with its partners has helped to cement its position as one of the foremost business resilience organisations in Europe. I look forward to working with Jude and the team to support their vision and further enhance the organisation’s cyber security expertise.”

McCorry added: “Businesses have never before experienced the strain that they currently face as a direct result of Brexit and Covid-19. Added to the fact that we have seen a noticeable a rise in cyberattacks on businesses, if the extremely tough market conditions don’t negatively impact a business, a security breach might.

“The role of business resilience centres has never been more important. Ciaran’s experience with the NCSC, Cabinet Office and GCHQ will allow us to ensure that our own cyber strategy is industry leading and reinforce Scotland as one of the world leaders in cyber security.”