Former Royal Marines commander hired to boost oil business

Former Major General Smith, in his former role as head of the Royal Marines, with General Robert Neller, Commandant of the United States Marines Corps. PIC: Royal Navy website
Former Major General Smith, in his former role as head of the Royal Marines, with General Robert Neller, Commandant of the United States Marines Corps. PIC: Royal Navy website

Cyber security firm Cyber Prism has hired a new chief operating officer with a distinguished military career to help the business grow.

Martin Smith, CBE MBE, a former serving Major General and head of the Royal Marines, will join the team with a specific focus on the oil and gas industry.

Mr Smith worked extensively in maritime security during his military career.

He headed up the military contribution to the oil and gas security, commanded multinational counter-piracy operations, and modernised the Royal Marines’ information and intelligence capability.

He said: “I’m really excited to join the company at such a key stage of growth and help to create a flexible, cutting-edge organisation.

“With over 4,000 malware attacks per day, and the NCSC warning the oil and gas industry to prepare for increasing threat levels, it is imperative that energy companies receive the right support to deal with one of the key challenges of our time.

“The Cyber Prism offering is unique in that it is effective across the boundary between operational information technology; providing holistic, tailored solutions at a fraction of the cost of an incident. Cyber-Attacks are not one-offs, they are constant, which is why a network needs on-going protection.”

Chris Griffiths, founder and executive chairman of London-based Cyber Prism, said: “We are really excited to have Martin on board. His military background means he is well-placed to help shape our offering, and support oil and gas companies in protecting their operational technology.”

Mr Smith will be speaking at the Oil and Gas UK Cyber Security Seminar, which will look at the importance of cyber security and the concerns raised by it.

The Seminar is to take place on September 18 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

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