The Cyber Security Challenge has hired a former Post Office CIO as its first CEO.
Duncan Hine, previously the head of security, resilience and information assurance for NATS, the organisation responsible for UK air traffic services, will be responsible for building and implementing the third year of challenge competitions and activities and for the delivery of a business plan.
The first winner of the challenge was Dan Summers, a postman from Wakefield. Judy Baker, who led the development and launch of the challenge, will remain as chair of the board.
Hine was also previously a board member for integrity and security in the Home Office's Identity and Passport Service, CIO at the Post Office and a senior director at QinetiQ.
“In the UK we know we have latent capability and lots of hidden talent, we're just not joining the dots. Cyber security seems complex and inaccessible to too many people, but by offering a better structure, greater access and a lot more opportunity I believe many more people across the country will quickly realise that they can play a role in securing the UK online. My job is to make sure this happens,” he said.
Currently in its second year, the challenge is a series of competitions designed by leading security, education and government organisations as a response to the significant shortage of skilled professionals in the cyber security sector. The first set of finalists was announced this week.