Ciara Mitchell has been appointed as head of cyber at ScotlandIS in a move that “reinforces” the organisation’s commitment to helping unlock the potential of Scotland’s cyber community.
In her new role, Mitchell will be responsible for the growth and development of the cybersecurity cluster at ScotlandIS. Mitchell will help highlight the capabilities of the Scottish cybersecurity industry and play a pivotal role in connecting key stakeholders.
Additionally, she will work alongside a “unique team” of coordinators spanning academia and the public sector to ensure that cyber businesses in Scotland are “best placed to fully exploit the economic growth opportunities available”.
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Commenting on her appointment, Mitchell said: “It’s great to be joining ScotlandIS at what is an incredibly exciting time for the sector. The formation of the Cyber Cluster will be invaluable for our members and the wider community, in turn fuelling Scotland’s international position in data, cybersecurity goods and services.”
Mitchell joins ScotlandIS from BT Security, where she led a team of product managers within BT’s cybersecurity division. Her time at BT saw her lead the successful implementation of strategies for several global cybersecurity products.
Most recently, she has been freelancing with Scottish security startup, Zortex, which specialises in data protection through tokenisation. Mitchell has also recently completed an MBA at Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Business School.
ScotlandIS chief executive Polly Purvis said: “Ciara has an impressive track record in the cybersecurity industry and, with a background in electronic engineering and telecoms, she brings great experience and expertise to the team.
“I’m delighted she’s taking on the new role of head of cyber and I know she will work closely with our members specialising in cyber, to grow and promote Scotland’s burgeoning cyber cluster.
“Almost a third of ScotlandIS members surveyed in our recent Scottish Technology Industry Survey identified cybersecurity as being the greatest opportunity for their business over the next 18 months.
“The dedicated cluster, which is part of our wider cluster development strategy, will reinforce our position within the sector and nurture economic growth, enabling our members and Scottish businesses to collaborate and develop new innovative services and products.”