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Security Institute appoints director of standards

13 February 2020

The Security Institute is pleased to announce the co-option of Andy Watkin-Child CSyP MSyI to the Security Institute Board of Directors.

Andy has accepted the portfolio of director of standards, which will include a significant focus on thought leadership and standards development in the important area of converged security, as part of the Security Institute’s contribution to the Cyber Security Council. In this role, Andy will work closely with Mahbubul Islam CSyP FSyI, the Institute’s director of cyber security and convergence strategy and chairman of the Cyber and Convergence Special Interest Group (CCSIG). Last August the UK government announced that, following a competitive process, the Cyber Security Alliance of cyber security associations would be awarded the contract to design and deliver a national Cyber Security Council. The Institute has been an active member of the Alliance since its early stages and is proud to have contributed to its success in being selected to drive forward this important government project.

Andy is a thought leader in cyber risk management, with extensive experience of managing first and second lines of cyber defence in several major international companies. In October 2019, Andy became the founding partner of Parava Security Solutions Limited. Prior to this, he was the global head of the ‘second line of defence’ for cyber, technology and BCM risk at Santander. Andy has held CISO, head of technology and head of financial and operations risk positions across a range of sectors, having also worked for Rolls-Royce plc, Barclays, Penguin Random House and Mizuho.

Andy is also a prolific researcher on cyber security who engages the wider security community through regular dialogue and communications. You will find him regularly contributing to LinkedIn discussions, and publishing articles on cyber security.

Alongside Security Institute membership, Andy is a Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) and also holds Chartered status in Engineering (CEng).

Security Institute chairman Professor Alison Wakefield PhD FSyI said: “I am delighted to welcome Andy onto the Institute’s Board of Directors. 

"We look forward to Andy playing a leading role in taking forward this critically important Institute project. Andy brings a formidable background in cyber security to his Director role, and his expertise and experience will prove invaluable to the Institute over the coming months and years.”