Unit4 appoints Tom Ascroft as chief information security officer

Enterprise cloud software provider Unit4 has announced the appointment of Tom Ascroft as its new chief information security officer

As new Unit4 CISO, Ascroft will be lead the organisation’s cyber security operations globally, identifying emerging security threats and developing strategies, policies, controls and culture for mitigating them.

Ascroft joins following a tenure as chief information security officer at the University of Surrey, transforming and re-shaping the institution’s cyber security offering alongside the IT services department.

Previously, Ascroft held the director of information security role across EMEA for Avanti Communications, followed by the position of head of information security consulting for Legal & General in the UK.

As Unit4 continues to invest in its security capabilities, customers will benefit by expanding their own internal IT teams, and creating more reliable up-time, providing the assurance of the company’s internal security procedures.

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“Throughout my career I have been passionate about making a difference to the organisations I’ve worked for, and I’m really pleased to have joined Unit4,” said new Unit4 CISO, Ascroft.

“It’s a very exciting time to become part of the journey, and the combination of the ambition to grow the business and the amazing cultural values made this an unbeatable role for me.”

James Shand, chief customer officer at Unit4, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Tom to Unit4 at a time when the company is going through high growth and expansion.

“Tom is taking on a critical role as we expand our cloud capabilities, and his wealth of experience will allow us to further scale our security to ensure customer data integrity.”

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Aaron Hurst

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