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BT Picks Former GCHQ Man as New Head of Cyber

4/06/2014 by


Les Anderson spent 27 years developing security capabilities for likes of MoD and GCHQ.

BT has named former GCHQ and Ministry of Defence man Les Anderson as its new VP of ‘cyber’ – a role which will see him play a major part in defending the telco giant and its customers against a formidable and sophisticated enemy.

Anderson boasts an impressive track record, having spent 27 years working for the intelligence, security and defence services as a technologist and program manager, according to BT. Most recently, he was at intelligence agency GCHQ where he apparently developed “pioneering IT security capabilities”.

The agency has, of course, been under fire of late for the role it played in the NSA’s extensive snooping program, including allegations in March that it hacked several German satellite IP service providers.

Before his stint at the controversial listening post, Anderson spent a decade at the Ministry of Defence, where he developed more of those IT security capabilities, and managed large scale procuments. “A steady stream of high profile hacks and headlines over the past 12 months should leave little doubt about the importance of robust cyber-defense and governance. Now, more than ever, cyber security needs to be firmly on the radar of both governments and board-room executives,” said Anderson in a statement.

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