First-ever UK director general for digital and media has security CV

News by Tom Reeve

UK's first-ever director general for digital and media comes with an impressive background in cyber-security policy including a stint as director of cyber security and information assurance in the Cabinet Office.

A former British ambassador, who launched a UK-Israel tech hub and also led the Cabinet Office's cyber security unit as its director of cyber security and information assurance, has been appointed as the UK's first-ever director general for digital and media.

Matthew Gould, in his role at the Cabinet Office cyber-security unit, ran the National Cyber Security Programme and helped to develop the Cyber Essentials scheme.

In his new role, he is based in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is tasked with ensuring everyone in the UK can benefit from modern technology.

According to a press statement, he will take a prominent role in:

  • making sure the UK has the world-class connectivity it needs
  • supporting British companies with access to infrastructure and technology
  • helping build digital ecosystems where bright ideas can become successful companies
  • equipping British people with the skills they need to flourish in a digital world
  • reducing the number of people excluded from the digital economy to help create an economy that works for all
  • working to create an innovation-friendly and cyber-secure country

Gould commented: “Our economy is powered by innovation and we want Britain to be the safest place to do business and go online. But if we want the UK to prosper we need to make sure we have world-class connectivity, and If we want an inclusive society, we need to tackle digital exclusion and make sure everyone has the digital skills they need.”

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