Ian West

SpecialityChief, NATO Cyber Security Centre

Communications and Information Agency – the primary provider of ICT solutions and services for the Alliance. He leads an integrated team of experts which provides a broad range of whole-lifecycle, cyber security services: from service design, through to implementation and operation of NATO’s cyber security defences. 

From 2004 until his current appointment in January 2014, Ian was the Director of the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC) Technical Centre. From the initial declaration of the NCIRC’s operational status in 2004, he led the development of operational cyber defence within the Alliance, helping to transform the NATO Nations’ strategic vision for improved cyber defence into an effective capability.

Mr West’s appointments with the NCI Agency follow around 30 years’ experience in the military security arena. He was formerly a law enforcement and security officer in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom and later responsible for INFOSEC policy, inspections and security accreditation for NATO’s Allied Command Operations.

In the SC Magazine (Europe)’s awards for 2016, the NCI Agency cyber security team was awarded a Highly Commended in the Best Security Team of the Year category and Ian was honoured with the cyber security industry’s highest award of ‘Chief Information Security Officer of the Year’.