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Cyber warfare – Norton Rose Fulbright hires global chief information security officer

Top ten LB100 firm Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has moved to further protect client information with the hire the former head of cyber security for National Air Traffic Services (NATS) Paul Swarbrick as its global chief information security officer (CISO) in the London office.

Announced today (21 January), Swarbrick will join the senior management team, and work closely with IT and the business internationally to ‘strengthen proactively, and develop, a consistent approach to information assurance and cyber security worldwide,’ a firm statement said.

Having spent 25 years providing information securities services to major organisations, Swarbrick spent 18 months at NATS, which is responsible for the civil air navigation services of 200,000 square miles of UK and North Atlantic civilian airspace and nearly 2,500,000 flights a year.

Prior to this role, Swarbrick also served as a senior security consultant to Capgemini Consulting, supporting HM Revenue & Customs in improving its security arrangements both at corporate and system level.

The firm’s current global chief information officer Sheila Doyle said Swarbrick’s ‘depth of experience will continue to strengthen the information security function of the practice globally, particularly as information and cyber security is an increasingly important issue for clients around the world.

‘Companies need CISOs who, like Paul, are commercially astute and can act as the conduit between various organisational and operational structures and hierarchies to provide an enterprise–wide solution to the security challenge.’

Global chief executive Peter Martyr added: ‘Information security is a growing issue for our clients and it is an issue we take seriously at an executive level.’ To read more on the rise of the CIO, see ‘Systems addicts – the CIO power list.’