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Addressing the security skills gap

Julian Meyrick ( Managing Partner & Vice President, Security Strategy Risk & Compliance, IBM )

- Often the perception is that the security skills gap is for Security Operations Centre Analysts and Pen Testers
- However the gap that we have in the industry is much wider - how do we unlock new groups of skills?
- What are the soft skills that we are looking for?
- How do we train business leaders to understand the business implications of cybersecurity?

Speaker bio

Julian Meyrick is the Managing Partner & Vice President for IBM Security’s worldwide Security Strategy Risk & Compliance practice. IBM Security is the fastest-growing enterprise IT security company in the world.

In his leadership role, Julian helps clients develop their security strategy in the context of the cyber business risk that they face; he has a particular focus on advising boards on the potential business impact of cybersecurity.

Until May 2019 Julian lead the IBM Security team in Europe in the development and delivery of software and services offerings that protect enterprises with intelligent, integrated IT security solutions and expertise. From 2012 to 2015 Julian led IBM's Security Services Division in Europe, delivering IT security consulting, security implementation services and managed security services to clients.

Julian is passionate about attracting talent into the cybersecurity profession and is a member of the UK National Cyber Security Centre’s Industry Advisory Board for their CyberFirst programme. Julian is the global sponsor for IBM’s membership of the Information Security Forum (ISF) and regularly attends the UK Chapter meetings. Julian is IBM’s executive sponsor for the Charter of Trust, a unique initiative by leading global companies to secure the digital world.

Julian has been assisting governments to raise awareness of the business risk posed by the cyber security threat since 2005 and has been a panel member at Oxford University's Cyber Security Centre and lectured to Warwick University's MSc Course on CyberSecurity and Management.

From 2005 to 2010 Julian led IBM’s Defence & Security team in the UK as the Client Director, Defence & Security, responsible for IBM’s business relationship with the UK Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and Ministry of Justice within the UK Public Sector.

In previous roles Julian has worked in IBM's corporate headquarters in New York and was selected to be Executive Assistant to the Chairman of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa in Paris in 2004.

Julian joined IBM in 1995 after serving six years in the Royal Green Jackets in the British Army, including serving as the Regimental Signals Officer. He is married with three children.

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