Glen Hymers

CISO, Save the Children

Glen has spent his working life involved in Policing and Security, he fell into Policing of a fashion joining the RAF Police in 1998 when he discovered University was expensive and as such he was running out of funds.

During his time in the RAFP Glen was employed all aspects of policing finally settling into the role of Counter Intelligence, responsible for carrying out Counter Espionage and Counter Terrorism duties for the RAF at home and abroad in some notable locations some you’d want to go on holiday to but most you wouldn’t. Glen parted ways with the RAF as a regular in 2012 as part of the Strategic Defence Review of that year and began his journey into the private sector with stops at Fujitsu Defence and National Security as their Head of Operational Security & Risk Management, before moving to Sopra Steria as Head of Operational Security for Government accounts.

In 2016 he moved to the Prince’s Trust taking up the role of Chief Security and Risk Officer as well as being appointed as the DPO in 2017.  After a successful tenure at The Prince’s Trust during which he introduced both GDPR and Cyber Essentials Plus at the organisation he moved to Save The Children International where he is currently employed as the Global Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Data Protection. In his spare time Glen is still an active member of the RAF Reserve having completed two operational tours abroad one in 2014 to Afghanistan as part of Op HERRICK and again in 2018 to Cyprus as part of Op SHADER and most lately within the UK where he was employed on Op RESCRIPT the UK Government response to COVID-19 during which he was a Mobile Testing Unit Commander running testing sites in the East of England.

When he is not doing this he is an advocate for all things Cyber Security and especially getting the basics right, as from the basics comes good security so to that end he has now joined the South East Cyber Resilience Centre as one of its founding board members in September 2020

My Sessions

Creating a Cyber Security Culture (Sponsored by Wrangu)

Peter Drucker famously said "culture eats strategy for breakfast". Most organisations have a well-documented cyber security strategy - but do they have the culture to support it? Culture can be the elusive, unseen, and sometimes unmeasurable human link that can give organisations a better chance of defending themselves.

This session explores:
  • What cyber security culture is
  • How to implement culture programmes for your workforce, partners and suppliers
  • How to map, measure and benchmark culture
  • The relationship between culture, communications and security awareness
  • Strategies to fortify culture, from working with the board to champion security to creating a receptive environment
  • Glen Hymers, Global CISO and Head of Data Protection, Save The Children International
  • Sithembile Songo, Head: Information Security and Risk Management, Public Investment Corporation
  • Oliver Carr, Head of Digital Security Risk & Compliance