Security expert assigned to champion British cyber firms overseas

The Department for International Trade has appointed a 'cyber security ambassador' to promote the cyber capability of British firms in international markets and to capitalise on the growing demand among governments around the world to safeguard critical national infrastructure.

Dr Henry Pearson will work with UK businesses seeking to secure major international contracts with overseas governments and central banks that are looking to bolster their cyber defences against potential cyber threats. It is expected he will focus substantially on the Gulf and South-East Asian markets.

Dr Pearson has 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 at Detica, now BAE Applied Intelligence. He holds a PHD in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge.

The UK’s reputation for cyber expertise is recognised worldwide, with cyber exports projected to be worth £2.6bn by 2021.

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