Les Anderson appointed VP of cyber at BT

BT brings on board proven security expert to strengthen protection of BT and its customers 

London, 6-6-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — BT today announced that Les Anderson has joined the company as its new vice president of cyber.

Les has 27 years’ experience working as a technologist and programme manager in the UK’s intelligence, security and defence community. He joins BT from GCHQ, the UK Government’s signal intelligence and security agency. Whilst there, he was instrumental in developing and delivering complex and pioneering IT security capabilities.

Prior to joining GCHQ, Les also served for 10 years at UK Ministry of Defence’s research agency in Malvern, Worcestershire. Here he developed novel IT security capabilities and managed large scale defence procurements.

Les Anderson, vice president of cyber, BT Security, 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, 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.”

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BT Security 
BT Security is building on 70 years’ experience of helping organisations around the globe and across all sectors get ahead of the threat curve and reduce the uncertainty and complexity of security. We provide an end-to-end capability to help organisations enjoy higher levels of security at a time when security budgets are not keeping pace with the threat landscape.

The sophistication of our security operations means that we think about the assets, the people, and the processes, and combine these with both network and security intelligence to help our customers stay ahead of the security risks. BT Security protects both BT and its customers. These customers are advised by a global team of 1,300 security practitioners, 600 global security specialists and a professional services team of approximately 4,000.

The BT Security Assure portfolio covers: 

• Assure Managed Firewall
• Assure Web Security
• Assure Intrusion Prevention
• Assure Message Scan
• Assure Denial of Service Mitigation
• Assure Cyber
• Assure Managed Cloud
• Assure Threat Monitoring
• Assure Vulnerability Scanning

To find out more about BT Security, visit www.bt.com/btassure/securitythatmatters.

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