The South East Cyber Resilience Centre (SECRC) is pleased to announce Lee Whatford, Chief Information Security Officer for Domino’s Pizza Group Plc as its second board member.
Lee is an accomplished leader in the cyber security industry, an avid entrepreneur, and business-minded security and risk executive. With over 25 years’ experience across most facets of the industry, mainly operating at senior management and executive levels, Lee has a well-rounded view of the industry.
Lee has spent many years advising Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) on strategy, engaging with boards to help drive improvements in security posture, whilst also creating and implementing effective information security programs. His experience has been shaped in large consultancies, managed service providers, and startups.
Currently, Lee is Chief Information Security Officer for Domino’s Pizza Group Plc and he also sits on the Board of Advisors at the Ec-Council. Lee holds CISM and CRISC certifications is an active member of ISACA, and has previously held multiple certifications from Project Manage Institute (PMI) and Microsoft.
Most recently Lee was invited to be a founding Board Member of the South East Cyber Resilience Centre to help shape and drive collaboration and innovation across law enforcement, academia, and private industry.
Commenting on the appointment, Director of SECRC Justin Torgout said: “It is fantastic that Lee has joined as a Board Member for the SECRC. Lee brings with him extensive knowledge of implementing information security programs across businesses of all sizes which will be key in supporting the SECRC as we grow and connect with a diverse range of businesses.
“I am looking forward to working with Lee to help push the SECRC forward in the fight against cybercrime across the South East region and through the wider CRC network.”
Of his appointment to the board, Lee Whatford said: “I’m so pleased to be joining the board of SECRC and playing a key advisory role on cyber security for the region. Given the rise in cybercrime on businesses and the third sector since the start of lockdown in the UK, it is an opportune time to be able to offer leadership and guidance on the importance of best security practices. I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure that SECRC is the go-to trusted resource in the region for local businesses.”
The SECRC is an innovative not for profit partnership between policing, academia and private industry, committed to helping protect businesses in the South East region from cybercrime.
The SECRC joins a growing network of regional centres being established as part of a national roll out to provide businesses of all sizes with access to affordable cyber security services, the latest advice and support from leading law enforcement and industry experts, and help them
take simple steps to protect their business from unscrupulous cybercriminals.
The SECRC offers a range of membership options to businesses in the region including a free Core Membership for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Sign up on the website today to access cyber Security support, guidance, and tools.