Government brings in Chris Gibson to head CERT-UK and build cyber defences

Chris Gibson has become director of the UK's new national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK).

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Chris Gibson has become director of the UK's new national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK).

CERT-UK is expected to be operational "early next year", said the government, tasked with helping to protect the UK's critical national infrastructure and advising big business how to protect their own.

Gibson was previously director of e-crime at Citigroup. He is an internationally recognised expert on cyber incident response, having been on the leadership team of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) for the last nine years, being global chair for the latter two.

He is a member of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) Cyber Advisory Panel and for 10 years one of Citigroup’s representatives to the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s Financial Service’s Information Exchange.

Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "Chris Gibson brings with him a wealth of experience in cyber incident response in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. His first-hand knowledge and understanding of cyber security will be invaluable as he leads the national CERT."

He said: "By establishing CERT-UK we will build on and complement our existing CERT structures. This will help improve national co-ordination of cyber incidents and act as a focus point for international sharing of technical information on cyber security. CERT-UK will be the expert single point of contact for other national CERTs around the globe."

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