The Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) today announced the appointment of Luke Beeson, Group CISO of Aviva, as the Institute’s new Chair of the Board of Directors.
Beeson takes over from the departing chair Dr Alastair MacWillson, who is stepping down after 17 years with the Institute.
Both will be collaborating closely to ensure a smooth transition and to make sure the Institute can continue its focus on helping the cybersecurity profession drive professionalism, improve diversity, and become a strategic business function that helps organisations face the challenges of the 21st century.
Beeson brings two decades of experience in technology and leadership, having previously worked at Honeywell and BT, rising to Vice President of Security, UK and Continental Europe before joining Aviva.
“I’m proud to be selected as chair and to help CIISec and the profession continue its rapid evolution,” Beeson says.
“The cyber security profession has come a long way since the Institute was founded in 2006, and I’m looking forward to building on our successful programs, whilst working with and serving our entire community, from members to our academic and professional partners, to every part of the profession.”
As chair, Beeson will act as a voice for CIISec and the profession, raising awareness of the challenges facing members, fostering industry collaboration and innovation, and supporting the drive to create an industry that can cope with any future challenges.
“We would like to thank Alastair MacWillson for his years of committed service, influence, and passion as chair, and are delighted to welcome Luke Beeson,” says Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec.
“Since the institute was founded, we have seen remarkable developments, both internally and in the industry, and we expect many more throughout the 2020s and beyond.
“We are confident that Luke will bring his years of CISO experience to bear in the role, helping the security profession evolve to face changing threats and needs while attracting talented people from any background and perspective into cybersecurity.”