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National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021: progress report

The National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 set out the government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace.

A progress report has been published reflecting on the successes of the strategy so far, and what lies ahead post-2021. It also focuses on cyber security research and how the private and public sectors now have the skills to become more resilient.

Intercity's CTO, Matt Johnson shares his thoughts on what the strategy means for businesses.

“The implementation of the National Cyber Security Strategy has led to a clear shift in mindset for businesses and individuals alike over the last few years. The result has been that both are now far better equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively tackle changing security threats as a priority.

“Much of this maturity is no doubt due to collaboration between government, academic institutions, and the tech industry, which is playing a key role in translating cyber risk into a language that both businesses and consumers can understand, as well as developing truly effective solutions. However, these efforts need to be ongoing. It is now vital to continue this investment, particularly into the UK’s tech sector, so that organisations are resilient enough to face an ever-evolving threat landscape.”

Click here to view the full report.

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Intercity set for growth with key board appointments

Intercity Technology, has made two key appointments to strengthen its board as it pushes forward on its growth ambitions.

Neil Parker has joined the company as chief sales and marketing officer, armed with over 30 years of IT industry experience, largely in the managed and cloud services sectors.

With extensive experience in leading both sales and marketing teams, Neil has been appointed to the company’s board to further enhance its position in the wider IT market.

In addition, Chris Sharp has been appointed as chief financial officer, after spending the last seven years rising through the ranks of the finance team at Intercity. This internal appointment further reinforces Intercity’s commitment to developing and rewarding its colleagues.

As CFO, Chris will now utilise his in-depth understanding of the business and its long-term aims to help Intercity cement its position as a leading technology and security services provider.

These appointments follow the company’s investment into a technology hub in the Midlands, which includes the construction of Intercity’s flagship data centre and a complete redesign of its Birmingham headquarters.

Andrew Jackson, CEO at Intercity Technology, commented: “This is an exciting time for Intercity. With our market leading technology products, passionate staff and experienced board, we’ve got a perfect foundation for growth in the IT market.

“Our talented team is our biggest asset, and we couldn’t be more excited to have Neil and Chris on board to drive forward on our strategy.”

Commenting on his appointment, Neil Parker said: “Intercity’s people-first approach is deeply woven into its DNA, and empowers colleagues to work closely with customers to design and deliver innovative solutions that drive connectivity and security.

“With the company’s strong pool of talent, suite of innovative products and the recent data centre investment, this is a great time to join Intercity’s board and see the evolution of the company first-hand.”

Chris Sharp added: “Intercity’s dedication to the development of its colleagues is something that really stood out to me upon joining the business, and its people-first approach is something that has remained consistent throughout the last seven years.

“The support and opportunities that I’ve been given are second to none. Intercity is in a perfect position for growth, and I’m thrilled to be able to have a key role in pushing this forward.”