Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the UK & Ireland CISO Community

Stuart Seymour

Group CISO & CSO

Virgin Media O2

Stuart Seymour is the Chief Security Officer and Group CISO at Virgin Media O2. Prior to this he worked at BAT, Centrica and Lockheed Martin. He is a Security Leader with over 25 years of global remit and experience. Stuart has responded to a large number of significant cyber security incidents during his career and also has a proven track record of building and transforming security functions, leading security transformation and operational teams globally, at major multinationals. 

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I went from the British Army to risk consulting, after being poached by one of my clients. I then moved from physical security to resilience to cyber security, where I am now.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

Servant Leadership

With disruption being a key theme of recent years, where do you see the CISO role going in the next 1-2 years?

I see it becoming more of a trusted partner and central to risk discussions.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a CISO?

Understand the business. You are first and foremost a business man/woman. Talk about risk and finding a pathway to “yes.”

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.

  1. I discovered a lost city in Bolivia. 
  2. I had the US flag flown in my honour outside the Capitol in Washington, DC. 
  3. I carried the Order of the Garter in front of Her Majesty the Queen Mother's coffin at her funeral.

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Building relationships with like minded leaders.

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