Lawrie Abercrombie joins CIISec board

Lawrie Abercrombie joins CIISec board

We are happy to announce that our co-founder Lawrie Abercrombie is now on the board of directors for the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) 

A few words from Lawrie: “CIISec provides a universally accepted focal point for the cyber and information security profession. It is an independent not-for-profit body governed by its 35,000 plus members from across every career stage. The Board as a whole provides governance, oversight and direction with my focus intended to be on professionalisation of our industry.” 

Find out more about the CIISec board.


Lawrie joined the British Army in 1978 as a private soldier.  Serving with the Intelligence Corps, he qualified with 1st Class Honours as an Arabic Interpreter and spent time in several Middle East countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait Oman, Saudi Arabia and several of the Gulf States.  After over 25 years’ service, his final post was in command of the British Army’s first cyber security unit. 

After retiring from the Regular Army, Lawrie started his own cyber security consultancy but continued to serve in LIAG, the Army Reserve Cyber Security unit as the Operations Director for another 10 years.  His Army Reserve service culminated with him as a Lieutenant Colonel leading the UK national contingent, and the first ever non US team, on Exercise CYBER GUARD, the world’s largest ever real time technical cyber defence exercise from 2013 – 2015.

In 2008, whilst serving in LIAG, Lawrie founded Arcanum with Jane Chappell, a fellow LIAG officer.  Together they have built Arcanum into one of the top 25 specialist cyber security consultancies in the UK and Arcanum now has over 60 full time members of staff. He was one of the first people in the UK to become Chartered for Cyber Security and Risk Management; is currently one of the Lead Assessors for UK Cyber Security Council; lectures on cyber security at a Russell Group University and is a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security.

Despite having lived in more than 25 houses in their married life, Lawrie and his wife recently celebrated their Sapphire Wedding Anniversary.  Both their children are successful in their own right, the elder is a more technically competent cyber security professional than he will ever be and the younger one crawls around minefields blowing things up and generally making the world a better place.