Kevin Brown succeeds Mark Hughes as managing director of BT’s security business

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown

BT has announced the appointment of Kevin Brown as managing director of BT Security, where he will be responsible for the company’s physical and cyber security activity around the world. Brown succeeds Mark Hughes, who’s stepping down from the role at the end of this year to take up a new position outside of BT.

BT is one of the world’s biggest providers of cyber security services, with 3,000 experts around the world protecting BT’s operations across 180 countries as well as its customers’ networks. Its global network of Security Operations Centres protects BT against 125,000 cyber attacks every month and provides cyber security solutions and services to consumers, Governments and businesses, including some of the world’s largest multinational organisations.

Kevin Brown joined BT in 2012 following a 20-year career in law enforcement. He has specialised in security throughout his time at BT, and in previous roles has led the organisation’s global investigation and intelligence teams and driven the modernisation of BT’s protection systems.

In his previous role, Brown led BT Security’s engagement with international Governments and managed its relationships with international law enforcement agencies such as Interpol and Europol.

Ringside view of the latest threats

Commenting on his new role, Brown informed Risk Xtra: “I’m thrilled to be leading BT’s security operations at a time when the need to protect households, businesses, Governments and, indeed, entire nation states from damaging cyber attacks has never been greater.”

He continued: “Our global network gives us a ringside view of the latest threats so that we can anticipate and mitigate emerging attacks before they impact our business or our customers. Our expertise in securing BT’s global network is why organisations around the world trust us to protect their most critical assets. I’m really looking forward to continuing the rapid growth that BT Security has seen in recent years.”

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Brown is a member of the World Economic Forum’s project to tackle cyber crime. Using his experience of both public and private sector, he advises the group on activities to further the collaborative fight against cyber criminality. In addition, Brown sits on the leadership team of Business in the Community, a charity sponsored by HRH The Prince of Wales and which is aimed at supporting SME resilience against key threats.

BT’s security business is one of the company’s fastest-growing areas, driven by the industrialisation of cyber crime and the need for organisations and individuals to take proactive measures to protect their digital assets.

BT is also the UK’s biggest private cyber security employer. There are plans in place to increase its headcount by 25% over the next five years in order to develop the next generation of cyber security professionals and meet the business’ growth ambition.

Further information about BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. The company is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in no less than 180 countries.

Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally, supplying local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move, broadband, TV and Internet products and services and converged fixed-mobile products and services.

BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global Services and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2018, BT Group’s reported revenue was £23,723 million with reported profit before taxation of £2,616 million.

British Telecommunications (BT) plc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group plc.

BT Group plc is listed on the Stock Exchanges in both London and New York.

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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