The Department for International Trade (DIT) has appointed Dr Henry Pearson as the UK’s new Cybersecurity Ambassador.
The role brings together a dedicated person in government with cybersecurity experience and expertise, responsible for promoting the cyber capability of leading British firms in international markets.
Pearson will work closely with UK businesses seeking to secure major international contracts with overseas governments and central banks, which seek to bolster their cyber defences against potential cyber threats. It is expected he will focus substantially on the Gulf and South East Asian markets.
His appointment is said to mark the UK’s ambition to increase its cybersecurity exports and the footprint of British cyber firms overseas, to capitalise on the growing demand among government’s globally to safeguard their critical national infrastructure.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said: “The UK’s reputation for cyber expertise is recognised worldwide and my department is committed to ensuring the UK fulfils its global potential, with cyber exports projected to be worth £2.6 billion by 2021.
“Henry’s appointment will be instrumental in ensuring our world-leading firms are able to compete on the global stage and our cutting-edge technology is the first port of call for overseas government’s looking to secure their critical national infrastructure.”
Pearson joins with substantial experience in the sector, having previously worked for the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as a cyber adviser, for the Ministry of Defence as an independent adviser, and as a senior figure in Detica (now BAE Applied Intelligence).