Troels Oerting elected to be 2017 chairman of Global Cyber Alliance

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Troels Oerting, group CISO at Barclays Bank and former head of Europol's EC3, has been elected chairman of the board of the Global Cyber Alliance.

The Global Cyber Alliance has appointed Troels Oerting, group CISO at Barclays Bank and former head of Europol's EC3, to be chairman of the board in 2017.

Oerting's one-year term will begin 1 January 2017.

Founded by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in New York City, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security, the GCA is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to eradicate systemic cyber risks, and it's website sports the slogans, “Less talk, more action” and “Do something. Measure it.”, prominently on the front page.

While most efforts at addressing cyber-risk have been industry, sector or geographically specific, GCA works with partners across borders and sectors.  

Oerting has deep experience in cyber-security in both law enforcement and the private sector. He spent more than 35 years in law enforcement with a focus on information security before moving into the private sector.

He held various senior leadership positions with the Danish police, including director of Danish NCIS, National Crime Squad, SOCA and director of operations in the Danish Security Intelligence Service. He also spent 11 years at Europol, primarily in senior management positions including assistant director in Europol's IMT Department, assistant director in Europol's Operational Department, head of European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) and acting head of Europol's Counter Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Centre.

He joined Barclays in 2015 as the group CSO and group CISO and is responsible for protecting and enabling the organisation's privacy and security across all platforms.

“Over the past year, since GCA's inception in late 2015, tremendous strides have been made in development of projects that will have dramatic impact on the state of cyber-security,” said Oerting. “Systemic cyber-risk is an issue that every organization – large or small, public or private – needs to address for themselves, their customers and to improve the digital world we all live in. The work GCA does is important for all.”

“Troels' experience and wisdom are incomparable,” said Philip Reitinger, GCA president and CEO. “His deep understanding of international law enforcement, systemic cyber risks, and financial institution concerns will enable him to lead GCA in its global mission. His passion to make a difference in cyber risk will ensure success. I look forward to working with Troels over the coming year to shape the vision of GCA, and establish even deeper roots with the international cybersecurity community.”

"We are delighted that Troels Oerting is the new chairman of the GCA. Building closer partnership between the private and public sector is the only way that globally we can fight cyber and financial crime. As one of the founders of the GCA we look forward to building on these positive relationships even further,” said Ian Dyson, City of London Police commissioner.

“We are delighted that Troels will bring his passion, his private-sector leadership, and his decades of international law enforcement experience to the helm of the Global Cyber Alliance,” said Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. “Under the insightful direction of founding chair William Pelgrin, our Alliance has grown to include more than 120 international partners and is already tackling some of the biggest cyber vulnerabilities affecting individuals and institutions around the globe. Troels is uniquely suited to advance these goals and enhance GCA's global leadership in the prevention of cybercrime.”

“I am pleased to have someone with Troels' qualifications and experience as chair of the Global Cyber Alliance Board, and I am confident that Troels will help guide the GCA to even greater success in 2017,” said John Gilligan, chairman of the Center for Internet Security.

* Troels Oerting will be taking part in a panel discussion on the law in cyberspace at the 2017 SC Congress London on 23 February 2017.

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