UK CERT moves to next phase with director Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson has been confirmed at the director of the UK’s new national computer emergency response team

Chris Gibson has been confirmed as the director of the UK’s new national computer emergency response team (CERT-UK), which is set to become operational in early 2014.

Francis Maude, the Minister for Cabinet Office, said Gibson brings a wealth of experience in cyber incident response in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. 

“His first-hand knowledge and understanding of cyber security will be invaluable as he leads the national CERT,” he said.

Gibson’s former roles have included director of e-Crime at Citigroup and member of the leadership team of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First), with the last two years as global Chair.

He is also a member of the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) Cyber Advisory Panel and for 10 years was one of Citigroup’s representatives to the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s Financial Service’s Information Exchange.

In December 2012, the government announced plans for a CERT-UK based on lessons learned from the 2012 London Olympics that were fed into the UK Cyber Security National Incident Management policy.

That policy, said Maude, sets out the importance of strengthening the UK’s response to cyber incidents. 

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“By establishing CERT-UK we will build on and complement our existing CERT structures [for critical national infrastructure], which will help improve national co-ordination of cyber incidents,” he said.

CERT-UK will also act as a focus point for international sharing of technical information on cyber security and be a single point of contact for other similar teams around the world.

The new CERT will provide a core incident management response, lead international engagement and provide cyber situational awareness and information sharing for the benefit of the UK as a whole. 

Gibson said that with the implementation underway and the leadership team now being appointed, CERT-UK is entering its next phase.

“I am looking forward to the task of bringing together government, industry, law enforcement and academia to establish CERT-UK as a team of professionals forming a world-class response to cyber threats to the UK,” he said.

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