Europol cyber-crime chief becomes Barclays CISO

Troels Oerting, the director of Europol's European Cyber Crime Unit (EC3), has left his post to become Group CISO at Barclays Bank.

Europol cyber-crime chief becomes Barclays CISO
Europol cyber-crime chief becomes Barclays CISO

Oerting confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday, saying: “Strange feeling. Last day as head of European Cybercrime Centre EC3 at Europol – it has been a privilege! Thanks”.

Several prominent infosec professionals congratulated the former police officer on the new role, which will presumably see him relocate from Amsterdam to London. His new role is based at Barclays' headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.

“A big thank you to Troels Oerting for all his hard work at Europol EC3 and best of luck in his new role at Barclays,” tweeted Brian Honan, an advisor to Europol and managing director and consultant at BH Consulting.

Claus Cramon Houmann, head of IT at Banque Ohman S.A and contributor to The Analogies, also congratulated the Dane before adding: “It's tough to volunteer for front-spot in the firing line.”

Speaking to SCMagazineUK.com earlier today, Alan Woodward, another advisor to Europol and visiting professor at the University of Surrey's computing department, said that the news was ‘quite as a blow' for EC3 as Oerting had grown the profile of the group since it launched in January 2013. During this time, Woodward said that he built several strong relationships within the community, especially those smaller nations with less capacity to fight cyber-crime.

But he added that this loss would be Barclays' gain, especially as CISOs are increasingly asked to be good at communicating to the board about the threats they face. “It just goes to show that banks are increasingly becoming security companies….they can't afford a single slip.”

Oerting and EC3 were unavailable for further comment at the time of writing although Oerting's LinkedIn page says that he starts his post this month. You can read SC Magazine's most recent interview with Oerting – which took place at Europol HQ – here.