BeCyberSure appoints Tim Watts OBE as consultant and senior advisor for cyber security

Tim Watts OBE

Tim Watts OBE

BeCyberSure has announced the appointment of Tim Watts OBE as a consultant and senior advisor. He brings to BeCyberSure (and the SME sector in particular) more than 36 years of experience, having worked for the Ministry of Defence, the British Army and the United Nations. Watts is a specialist in delivering secure, resilient IT and communications across the globe in direct support of senior decision-makers and defence businesses alike.

As the British Army’s Signal Officer-in-Chief, Watts was its top communications professional and head of 9,000 technical military experts. He has managed the Ministry of Defence’s multi-billion pound global information infrastructure capabilities, run its IT and communications college, directed a large and complex C4I programme in the Middle East and has also held senior appointments in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since leaving the military, Watts has been in demand as a senior consultant in a range of IT, cyber and training disciplines, alongside his work in anti-corruption compliance and assisting with Army Board casework.

Commenting on his appointment, Watts stated: “Whether as standalone enterprises or as the vital supply chain for bigger things, SMEs are both the lifeblood of business and, from a cyber perspective, a weakness. BeCyberSure’s refreshing focus on supporting SMEs with tailored, value-for-money services is what attracted me, and I’m proud and excited to be part of this friendly and professional team.”

CEO of BeCyberSure, Andrew Taylor, stated: “We’ve assembled a team at BeCyberSure whose accumulative experience is unprecedented. The level of expertise we’re bringing to SME organisations to secure their information and assets would be the envy of much larger organisations.”

BeCyberSure covers the full spectrum of the ‘Information Security’ threat. This includes physical, cyber, governance, education and training and business continuity issues such as crisis management and disaster recovery. The aim is to ensure that BeCyberSure’s clients will be well positioned to identify, block, eject and mitigate the effects of a breach and return to doing business as quickly as possible.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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