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Richard Horne to lead National Cyber Security Centre


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Richard Horne
Richard Horne
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Richard Horne has been appointed as the new CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

He is scheduled to take up the role in the autumn, taking over from Lindy Cameron, who has become the UK’s high commissioner to India.

Horne will also become a board member of national intelligence and security organisation GCHQ.

He will join NCSC from PwC UK, where he currently chairs the cyber security practice. He has also been managing director of cyber security for Barclays PLC, during which he was seconded to the Cabinet Office to help shape the Government’s first Cyber Security Strategy.

He has also served on a number of advisory boards for academic institutions and cyber security start-ups.

World leading organisation

Horne commented: “Over the seven years since its establishment, the NCSC has repeatedly shown its world leading understanding of technology and its unparalleled knowledge of the cyber threat we face in the UK. 

“I’m incredibly honoured and excited about leading a globally recognised organisation, its world class experts and leaders into the future whilst helping ensure that our mission is realised.”

Anne-Keast Butler, director of GCHQ, said: “I’m delighted that Richard Horne will become the next CEO of the NCSC. He brings with him a wealth of experience working with major companies and organisations to help them understand and manage their cyber security – and respond to incidents when they occur. 

“Richard’s experience will ensure the NCSC continues to drive cyber security up the boardroom agenda and develop its world-leading partnerships to address the cyber security threats that the UK faces.”

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