Cyber security and policy
Flint’s cyber security practice helps companies operate in an increasingly complex governance and regulatory landscape for maximum competitive advantage. Our expertise in cyber security policy and best practice enables clients to decide how to organise their corporate operations for effective cyber security, addressing culture and governance as well as compliance. Flint also advises on the hard lessons for companies that have suffered cyber security breaches and reputational or operational damage.
“In cyber security, there are growing demands for regulation in all major sectors - notably in emerging technological areas such as fintech and the Internet of Things - and for minimum standards in hardware and software. We help companies understand and navigate developing policy and regulation, and the political pressures shaping them.”
- Prepare for new developments in regulation, notably the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (NIS).
- Respond to the changing digital policy environment, including issues around privacy, data retention and localisation, control of online content, net neutrality, taxation and employment policy.
- Manage data risk in the context of Brexit, and understand the negotiation process on a new data sharing agreement between the UK and the EU.
- Helping a US-based multinational tech company to understand the impact that Brexit could have on data exchanges within Europe, as well as with the US and other third countries.
- Advising a global social media corporation on potential European regulatory changes on encryption and data regulation and how they could best prepare for them.
- Assisting a group of senior leaders in the financial services sector to understand the landscape of future data regulation, its implications for business, and the Brexit-related effects on cross-border data flows.
Cyber security team
Sir Simon Fraser is a founder and Managing Partner of Flint. He supports clients managing complex European and international policy issues. Simon leads our teams helping clients respond to the challenges of Brexit. He is a respected policy commentator and adviser of senior corporate leaders.
From 2010 to 2015 Simon was the Head of the UK Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service. He has also led the UK Department for Business. Prior to that he was Chief of Staff to the European Trade Commissioner in Brussels, and Director General for European Policy at the Foreign Office. Simon is Deputy Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London.
Robert joined Flint in November 2017. Robert advises Flint’s clients across sectors on cyber security, compliance, and cyber policy.
Robert was previously Director of GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence and cyber security agency, where he established the UK National Cyber Security Centre. Robert has spent nearly 20 years in government, and was responsible for the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. He is also a member of the Ministry of Defence Innovation Advisory Panel.
Susana joined Flint in December 2017. She advises clients on Brexit, EU and UK politics and policy, focusing particularly on the digital and manufacturing sectors.
Before joining Flint, she was head of policy and public affairs for several multinationals in the technology and energy sectors, with a focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa markets. Susana has spent over 15 years advising international businesses on policy developments and their interaction with governments, in Brussels, London and Beijing.
Alex joined Flint as a Director in January 2018 to provide support for clients across a range of regulatory and policy issues, with a particular focus on the telecoms, media and technology sectors.
Before joining Flint, Alex worked in the No 10 Policy Unit where he advised the Prime Minister on economic affairs. Prior to this, he spent 5 years at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in a number of senior roles including Head of Digital Infrastructure and Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.
Matt joined Flint in December 2016. He works across the transport, automotive, infrastructure and media sectors. He also plays a role in Flint’s team working on Brexit issues and international trade.
Before joining Flint, Matt worked as a political adviser at the US Embassy in London, advising senior diplomats and US business on the implications of UK politics on their interests. He has also worked in the House of Commons and for the UK’s tech trade association.
Sarah started at Flint in November 2017. She supports clients by providing policy and political analysis across a range of sectors.
Before joining Flint, Sarah worked for a UK political Party managing a policy influencing membership group within the Party. Sarah has also worked for a large international development NGO where she researched and influenced change on energy and tax policies, and has undertaken a placement in the Government Affairs team of a large multinational manufacturing company to support their work around the UK’s Industrial Strategy proposals and Brexit negotiations.