Ben joined Sage Group as Global CISO in 2018, after 16 years in the UK public sector. Sage is the UK’s largest technology company and the world’s leading provider of integrated accounting, payroll and payments systems to entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses. As the functional leader for Sage’s global information and cyber security organisation, Ben is accountable for the design and execution of the Group’s cyber security strategy. He has overall responsibility for the security of Sage’s global technology estate and customer-facing products and services for over 2 million customers in 23 countries. This includes market-leading cloud products for Europe, the Americas and AMEA, built on the AWS, Azure and Salesforce platforms.
Following a career in national security, Ben left public service as Deputy Government Chief Security Officer, based in the Cabinet Office. Ben was responsible for all aspects of protective security policy and coordination across 48 government departments and over 400,000 civil servants. Ben’s remit included cyber security, personnel security, counterterrorism, counter espionage and investigation of major breaches, including contravention of the Official Secrets Act. While in government Ben worked within UK’s crisis response apparatus (COBR) and was involved in numerous national incidents, including the 2017 WannaCry outbreak.