Graduate Appointed first Chief Information Security Officer at The University of Manchester
UWS graduate Heather Lowrie has been appointed as the University of Manchester’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), commencing in May 2023.
Heather, who completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology at University of Paisley (now UWS Paisley campus) in 2000, will lead on the strategic transformation of information security and identity & access management services, and the design and implementation of a coherent vision for the protection of the University’s digital footprint.
Commenting on joining the University, Heather said: “The University of Manchester is an exceptional and truly global institution with a wide range of IT systems and platforms serving more than 75,000 stakeholders worldwide. I am delighted to be joining as the first Chief Information Security Officer – this is an amazing opportunity for me, and I am really looking forward to getting started and working with everyone.”
Heather joins the University from the Scottish Government, where she held the position of Head of Cyber Security, Risk and Resilience for National Records of Scotland. In this role, Heather supported the delivery of secure and resilient public services across Scotland and led a team responsible for protecting and securing Scotland’s national archival, statistical and civil registration information.
In 2022 Heather provided cyber security assurance, oversight and operational management for Scotland’s first digital-first Census. The Scottish Census collects, processes and stores information for more than five million Scottish residents, providing a detailed snapshot of the population and its characteristics. Census returns must be kept secure and confidential for 100 years, and the results support the planning and delivery of a wide range of public services for people living and working in Scotland.
Prior to joining the Scottish Government, Heather held technical and IT leadership roles in the financial services industry. Heather is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador and currently serves as a member of the UK Cyber Security Council’s Outreach and Diversity Working Group.
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