John is Chairman and Founder of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), a not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 and which works with governments, law enforcement agencies and business communities globally in the fight against cyber-crime.
John Lyons is also Founder and Chief Executive of Cyber Essentials Direct Ltd, the creators of The Cyber Highway, a new and unique solution which allows companies and organisations of any size achieve a baseline of good cyber security, in accordance with the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials Certification Scheme. John’s previous public service appointment with the UK’s National Crime Squad as the National Hi Tech Crime Unit’s (NHTCU) Crime Reduction Coordinator required him to lead the Unit’s interaction with the UK’s major blue-chip companies. At the NHTCU he was responsible for writing and implementing the UK’s Cyber Crime Reduction Strategy and for leading their Industry Outreach Programme. In April 2004, he established the first UK national public/private sector information security awareness campaign for Internet users –called “Get Safe Online”. He subsequently chaired the Steering Group comprising senior representatives from HM Government and a number of blue-chip private sector companies including HSBC, eBay and Microsoft.
John began his security career in the Royal Air Force where he served for 20 years. During his service in the RAF Security (Provost) Branch he was engaged in operational and investigative roles involving crime, counter intelligence and counter terrorist activities. He qualified on the Senior Detective Training Course at the Metropolitan Police Service Training College and subsequently led a large number of joint investigations with police and military agencies throughout NATO countries. John retired from the RAF in 1993 in the rank of Squadron Leader.
In the private sector, John held a number of senior management positions, where he worked on mostly foreign-based assignments. Some of his most rewarding projects involved responsibility for multi-million pound engagements with Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and a number of foreign government police and security agencies.
John is a Liveryman of the City of London’s 100th Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.