ATLANTA (October 14, 2019) – Ben Aung, Global Chief Information Security Officer at Sage Group, has been appointed to serve on the National Technology Security Coalition’s (NTSC) Board of Directors. Representing the technology industry, Aung will help influence the strategic direction of the NTSC and join CISOs who represent a broad cross-section of enterprise companies. These CISOs have a vested interest in protecting the security of their customers and employees through policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.
“The NTSC’s mission resonates with me when I consider my experience both as a private sector CISO and as Deputy Chief Security Officer for the UK Government,” said Aung. “From my perspective, while the NTSC focuses on the United States, I see its mission impacting companies globally as many of its board CISOs see the confluence between US cybersecurity policy and international cybersecurity policy. Governments and the private sector must work together to increase national security, help CISOs do their jobs, and protect consumers—and I see the NTSC helping positively impact all three areas.”
Aung joined Sage Group, the UK’s largest technology company, as Global CISO in 2018 after 16 years in the British Government. At Sage, Aung is responsible for protecting the global technology estate, products, and cloud services for 3 million customers in 23 countries. As Deputy Government Chief Security Officer for the UK Government, based in the Cabinet Office, Aung was responsible for all aspects of protective security policy and coordination across 48 government departments and over 400,000 civil servants. His remit included cyber and information security, personnel security, counterterrorism, counterespionage, and investigation of serious incidents and breaches, including contravention of the Official Secrets Act. While in government, Aung led transformative security reforms to redesign organizational structures, unlock government access to commodity technology and public cloud, and modernize decades-old security policies and practices.
“Many issues that the NTSC discusses involve global implications, especially in areas such as data privacy and national security,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “It helps to talk to people with international perspectives that place our national cybersecurity policy priorities into a wider context. Ben’s experiences with the UK Government as a Chief Security Officer along with his vantage point as a global CISO offers the NTSC unique insights that will enrich our ongoing discussions. I am happy to welcome Ben to the NTSC Board of Directors and I look forward to hearing his perspectives about our mission.”
The NTSC provides a platform for CISOs to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, and our National CISO Policy Conference.
Aung joins a prestigious board of CISOs representing leading companies including Aaron’s, Aflac, Carrier Corporation, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Globe Life, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, loanDepot, MassMutual, Mastercard, McKesson, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Oceaneering, Ohio State University, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Technology Association of Georgia, TransUnion, Unisys, US Bank, VF Corporation, Voya Financial, WarnerMedia, and Western Digital.
About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)
The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.
To learn more about joining or underwriting NTSC, visit ntsc.org