Parliamentary Security Director Paul Martin to speak on cybersecurity efforts inside Parliament

Edging closer to PICTFOR’s event on cybersecurity, we are glad to present our fourth speaker, Paul Martin, Parliamentary Security Director.

Coming with a strong track record and a variety of roles in national security, Paul Martin is the Parliamentary Security Director (PSD), with responsibility for the physical, personnel and cyber security of both Houses. Before becoming PSD in February 2013, Paul spent 25 years in government service, working in a range of  senior roles in the national security arena. From 2010-2012 he was involved in preparations for the Olympics.

Cyber attacks have been classified as a Tier One threat, alongside terrorism, by the UK Government. On average over 33,000 malicious emails are blocked at the Gateway to the Government Secure Intranet (GSI) every month, while the cost for a cyber security breach is estimated between £110,000 to 250,000 for large businesses and £15,000 to 30,000 for smaller ones. Meanwhile, 93% of large corporations and 76% of small businesses reported a cyber breach in the past year.

We anticipate that Paul’s contributions on striking the balance between openness and security will be most interesting.

PICTFOR’s event “Cyber-secure: Governments, Businesses & Consumers” will take place on Tuesday, 23rd April 2013, from 8.30-10.00am in the Jubilee Room, Houses of Parliament. If you are a PICTFOR member, please email to reserve your place, or for general enquiries.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Cath Goulding, Head of IT Security, Nominet UK
  • George Quigley, Partner at BDO, incoming Chairman of the ICAEW IT Faculty
  • Andrew Little, Head of Partnerships & Public Policy at GetSafeOnline
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