Wynyard Group taps GCHQ veteran

The investigations and forensics software developer is extending its offerings into cyberdefence.

Investigations and intelligence software company Wynyard Group has recruited a GCHQ cyberdefence veteran as a strategic adviser.

Andrew France OBE is a former deputy director of cyberdefence operations at the British intelligence agency, most recently involved in delivering the UK's national cyberdefence strategy.

Andy France
Andy France

Wynyard Group chief executive Craig Richardson said that recruiting France was a "coup" for the company, which has been extending its crime analytics software into cyber intelligence and information-driven security.

“Our customers are increasingly concerned with managing risk, protecting sensitive data, intellectual property, and critical computer-operated infrastructures against threats and disruption from organised crime syndicates and state-sponsored actors," he said.

In January, France emerged as the CEO of Darktrace, a UK company funded by Invoke Capital, the $1 billion investment firm of former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch. Darktrace, itself founded by former security agency experts, appears to be using machine-learning technology to develop what it describes as "enterprise immune systems".

Nicole Eagan, a former chief marketing officer at Peregrine, Quest, Verity, and Autonomy, now leads the company.

New Zealand-listed Wynyard Group has been bolstering its connections with security and law-enforcement agencies around the world.

Other recruits include the former commander of the London Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Group, Dave Johnston, former executive assistant director FBI Louis Grever and former assistant secretary at the US Office of Homeland Security Louis Quijas.

France will be based in Wynyard Group’s London office, but working internationally.