Cyber Security Challenge UK Appoints New CEO

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Cyber Security Challenge UK today announced the appointment of a new chief executive following the death of former CEO Stephanie Daman, who passed away in June last year after a long battle with cancer.

Colin Lobley, who came through a thorough selection process of over 70 candidates, will now take up the role, joining from DXC Technology’s (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Security Services division where he was general manager, UK, Ireland, Middle East. Lobley will bring with him expertise in working with both public and private sector organizations.

“There are lots of exciting possibilities to diversify and expand this national initiative, so we can enhance the positive impact we have on the UK’s cyber resilience,” he said. “It would be fantastic if we could achieve such a utopian vision as having eradicated all security weaknesses in the cyber world...but realistically, if I go home every day knowing I have done something, directly or indirectly, to encourage people into the field of cyber, to enhance the knowledge of those in or entering the field, or to educate someone about cybersecurity and start to close those gaps; I'll be happy.”

That’s exactly why I am delighted to be joining the fantastic, passionate team at Cyber Security Challenge UK, Lobley added, helping to make a real difference and building upon the wonderful efforts of the late Stephanie Daman.

“I fully believe that the UK cyber industry can go from strength to strength to become ever more prominent on the world stage,” he continued. “But to achieve this, it is essential that we nurture new talent, so we can meet the evolving market demands.”

Dr Robert Nowill, chairman of Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “With his background, Colin fits the role very well as we forge the way ahead for our organization; developing our offering further whilst scaling up what we do to seek out as much new talent and staying as inclusive as possible. The Board and I also are extremely grateful for the work Nigel Harrison has done as Acting CEO for much of last year. We are pleased that Nigel continues as an Executive Director of The Challenge to help drive this exciting future.”

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