Check Point CISO appointed to Scottish NCRAB

Check Point Software has announced that Deryck Mitchelson, Field CISO EMEA at Check Point, has become a member of Scotland’s National Cyber ​​Resilience Advisory Board (NCRAB).

Prior to joining Check Point, Mitchelson was National Head of Digital and Information Security for NHS Scotland. He has over 30 years of experience and has been recognized as one of the UK’s most influential CISOs.

Mitchelson will join leaders and influencers from the private, public and third sectors and the cybersecurity industry to provide strategic advice to support Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Government, helping to ensure Scotland is a digitally secure and resilient nation.

The NCRAB is supporting the establishment of the Cyber ​​Resilient Scotland Policy Framework which aims to ensure Scotland is prepared to deal with cybersecurity risks and has business continuity plans in place to deal with ever-evolving threats in the digital world.

According to Check Point Research (CPR), UK businesses suffered an average of 777 cyberattacks per week over the past six months, and recently its mid-year report revealed a 42% global increase in attacks.

Of his membership, Mitchelson said, “The most important aspect of my job is collaboration and communication. I spend a lot of time with clients and partners, understanding their plans and strategies and helping them mature their cyber posture, whether it’s through the Check Point wallet, basic hygiene or other third-party solutions.

“Cyberattacks are at an all-time high and I have always believed that this type of collaboration is the only way forward if we want to end cybercrime. It is crucial in our industry that we can learn from each other, share our ideas, our expertise and our experience.


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“I am delighted to have been appointed to the Scottish National Cyber ​​Resilience Advisory Council and hope to not only bring my experience to this position but also learn from others.”

Check Point’s SecureAcademy also recently announced its first partnership in Scotland. The global cybersecurity training provider has partnered with Dundee and Angus College to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and support businesses in Scotland and the UK.


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