BT has appointed ex-GCHQ staffer Les Anderson (pictured) as its vice president of cyber. The military veteran has a good pedigree in cyber security, according to BT, and will bring those skills to it and its security division.
Anderson has worked in the UK's intelligence, security and defence sector for 27 years, during which time he developed and delivered "complex and pioneering IT security capabilities" at GCHQ, BT said.
Before that he was at the Ministry of Defence where he worked on large-scale defence procurement and "novel" IT security capabilities.
Anderson said the need for organisations such as BT to bolster cyber defences has never been greater.
"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," he said.
"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 the hire of Anderson was a boon for BT at a time when such skills are in high demand from numerous big firms.
"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 said. "He is the right person to help us navigate through the fast moving and ever-changing security threat landscape."
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