Immersive Labs has today confirmed ex-GCHQ Director, Robert Hannigan, as chairman of its advisory board. This is a key appointment for Immersive Labs, given Robert’s excellent understanding of the cyber threat landscape both in the UK and globally. It is also a strong endorsement of Immersive Labs innovative gaming approach to cyber security training and talent retention with someone of Robert’s calibre joining the organisation.
"Identifying, developing and measuring practical cyber security skills is the great challenge for all companies today. The Immersive Labs approach is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in this space: scalable, agile and appropriate to the way a new generation learns. It has the potential to disrupt and transform this crucial market."
During his tenure as director of GCHQ, a number of key initiatives were introduced, including the formation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which was part of Robert’s long-term cyber security strategy to improve the UK’s cyber defence – the first of its kind in the UK.
Today the NCSC continues to collaborate with the UK’s defence and intelligence agencies, as well as international partners, feeding into Robert’s vision to make the UK one of the safest places to live and do business online.
In recent years, Robert’s focus has included efforts to fill the cyber skills gap. He has always been a staunch advocate of the Immersive Labs practical learning environment.
Welcoming Robert to Immersive Labs advisory board, its CEO James Hadley said, “It’s fantastic to welcome Robert onto the Immersive Labs team. He is a perfect fit to lead our advisory board, having already been instrumental in helping us grow our academies as well as our commercial proposition”.