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GDS’ head of cybersecurity Michael Brunton-Spall to move on

David Bicknell Published 22 September 2017

Brunton-Spall indicated that after over four years at the Government Digital Service, including now overseeing cybersecurity, he is leaving the organisation for pastures new


Michael Brunton-Spall, the head of cybersecurity at the Government Digital Service (GDS) has said he is leaving the organisation.

Brunton-Spall indicated in a post on Twitter that he is moving on after just over four years at the digital service. 

He said he was sad “to leave behind an amazing team and great people.”

The reasons for Brunton-Spall’s departure are as yet unclear. He indicated that his next move is to move into contracting for a short time.

As deputy director for technology operations since April this year, Brunton-Spall, according to his LinkedIn profile , has owned the “support, service management, site reliability and cyber security of the GDS digital estate.” 

Previously he was a lead security architect and technical architect, having joined GDS from Guardian News and Media in June 2013.

Commenting on Brunton-Spall's departure, one specialist with an expert knowledge of cybersecurity within Whitehall said, "Four years is  good term at GDS and Mike will still be around UK government circles, but probably more as an expert for hire. Hopefully we will continue to benefit from Mike's experience and knowledge within the industry."

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