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Dr Andy Grayland

Chief Information Security Officer at the Digital Office - Scottish Local Government

Andy Grayland is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Digital Office. He Joined the team at the beginning of 2018 with a remit to promote collaboration between Scotland’s local government authorities and to assist in the delivery of the Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland: Public Sector Action Plan.

Andy is passionate about reaffirming Scotland’s place on the world stage as a leader at the forefront of global technology innovation. His experience has taught him that threats from cyberspace are all-pervading and as more and more high-profile breaches are discovered, public perception of organisations who fail to protect their valuable data will be negatively impacted. His vision of the future is for Scotland to be renowned as a safe place to conduct digital business and that this will be achieved by the public sector leading by example.

Prior to this role, Andy worked for the Ministry of Defence promoting collaboration on cyber programmes across Central Government and between International Partners. This period in his career taught him that we are stronger standing together shoulder-to-shoulder against common threats than working as individuals solving the same problems. The proudest moment in his career so far has been the delivery HMS DEFENDER from build in Scotstoun, Glasgow, as the engineer responsible for the safety and security of the communications and information systems on board.