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Immersive Labs advisory board

At the cyber security skills training and recruitment company Immersive Labs, ex-GCHQ Director, Robert Hannigan, has become chairman of its advisory board.

As director of GCHQ, a number of key initiatives were introduced, including the formation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which was part of Robert’s long-term cyber security strategy to improve the UK’s cyber defence – the first of its kind in the UK. The NCSC continues to collaborate with the UK’s defence and intelligence agencies, as well as international partners, feeding into Robert’s vision to make the UK one of the safest places to live and do business online.

In recent years, Robert’s focus has included efforts to fill the cyber skills gap. He has always been an advocate of the Immersive Labs practical learning environment, previously stating: “Identifying, developing and measuring practical cyber security skills is the great challenge for all companies today. The Immersive Labs approach is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in this space: scalable, agile and appropriate to the way a new generation learns. It has the potential to disrupt and transform this crucial market.”

Immersive Labs CEO James Hadley said, “It’s fantastic to welcome Robert onto the Immersive Labs team. He is a perfect fit to lead our advisory board, having already been instrumental in helping us grow our academies as well as our commercial proposition.”

Immersive Labs is exhibiting at the RSA conference in San Francisco next week, demonstrating its ‘enterprise skills platform’. Visit


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