Former Director of Security for Parliament joins Context

11 Jan 2017

Context Information Security continues to strengthen its new Advisory Team with the appointment of Paul Martin CBE as Strategy Adviser.

Prior to joining Context at the end of 2016, Paul was the Director of Security for Parliament for three and a half years, with responsibility for the physical, personnel and cyber security of both the House of Commons and Lords. For the previous 26 years he was a UK government official working in the national security arena, with roles that included heading a precursor to CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure) and leading national security preparations for the London 2012 Olympics. Paul has a science degree and a PhD in behavioural biology from Cambridge University and undertook a post-doctorate at Stanford University before returning to lecture at Cambridge. He has written or co-written several books on behaviour.

The Context Cyber Advisory Division is focused on helping clients develop, evolve and optimise a comprehensive and effective cyber security strategy, assisting in the implementation of cyber solutions that enable them to avoid potential breaches and to deter, detect and respond to the most sophisticated cyber threats.

As a strategy adviser, Paul Martin will be helping organisations to understand and manage their security risks, while also continuing to fulfil other roles, including as Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College London and Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies).

“Organisations increasingly face a challenge on two fronts in the fight against cyber crime – to strengthen technical defences while also changing the culture among employees to be more risk aware,” says Tim Erridge, Director of Cyber Advisory at Context. “Paul’s knowledge and experience spanning both these areas combined with his work in government makes him an extremely valuable addition to our Advisory Team. One of the team’s current objectives is to help companies to understand the implications and how to manage the risks from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force in early 2018.”

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