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Leslie Anderson

Les Anderson is BT’s vice president of cyber and chief security officer. Les leads BT’s integrated global 24x7 cyber operations centre, incident response and security practice, including ethical hacking, security policy and information assurance.

Les recently said: “The security threat landscape is fast-moving and ever-changing. A steady stream of high profile hacks and headlines over the past 18 months should leave little doubt about the importance of robust cyber-defence and governance. Now, more than ever, cyber security needs to be firmly on the radar of both board-room executives as well as Government. I am delighted that BT as leading global communication and security company has security and cyber at the top of its agenda. 

Les has 27 years’ experience working as a technologist and programme manager in the UK’s intelligence, security and defence community. He joins BT from GCHQ, the UK Government’s signal intelligence and security agency.  Whilst there, he was instrumental in developing and delivering complex and pioneering IT security capabilities. Prior to joining GCHQ, Les also served for 10 years at UK Ministry of Defence’s research agency in Malvern, Worcestershire. Here he developed novel IT security capabilities and managed large scale defence procurements.