Former GCHQ CIO to lead CSC security practice


Former GCHQ CIO to lead CSC security practice

Cliff Saran

Former Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) CIO, Nick Hopkinson, has joined services firm CSC as director of Cybersecurity.

Hopkinson will lead the UK cybersecurity practice at the services firm.

"Our clients want to be confident that their information and network systems are protected," said Andy Williams, CSC UK president & CEO "Under Nick's leadership, CSC will work closely with its clients to develop or improve their technology roadmaps, mitigate their security risks, and ensure their enterprise is protected."

Before joining CSC, Hopkinson spent much of his career in the UK intelligence and security community. He was responsible for operations and policy delivery functions before becoming director of programmes, and then chief information officer of GCHQ. For six years he was a member of the GCHQ board, where he led major programmes that transformed the operational technology base of the organisation and modernised the information technology services function. Hopkinson successfully introduced several new industry partners to drive technology and IT delivery, and supplied significant improvements in the capability and performance of the business.

In his most recent role, as director general for information security and assurance, Hopkinson led the development of a new Information Assurance Strategy for CESG, an organisation that provides security and risk certifications and assessments for UK government departments and other private sector organisations.

Proof-of-concept attacks like Stuxnet, which targets control systems, has pushed security to the top of the IT agenda.

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