Special advisor will provide market intelligence and staff training

Hiscox UK and Ireland has appointed the former director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan as special advisor on cyber security.

Hannigan, credited with developing the UK’s first cyber security strategy and setting up the National Cyber Security Centre, will work closely with Hiscox and its specialist cyber division to provide market intelligence, staff training and inform the development of new and existing cyber products.

He commented: “The risks that cyber criminals pose, both to businesses and individuals in the UK, are significant and sophisticated. Cyber attacks are intrusive, costly and disruptive, which is why businesses and the public must be proactive in establishing a defence against them. In addition, the organisations that protect us – from insurers and software providers to UK regulators – must also evolve their understanding and defence against cyber crime, and the sharing of knowledge through partnerships like this is central to that.”

Steve Langan, chief executive at Hiscox Insurance, added: “There are few experts better-placed to advise on cyber risk than Robert and we are hugely excited to have him on-board. Our aim is not just to protect customers against the impact of cyber crime, but to play a constructive role in helping them better manage and understand the evolving risks they face. As a specialist insurer with a focus on cyber security, it’s vital that we stay ahead of the curve, and the deep expertise and experience Robert brings to the business will play a key part in ensuring this.”