Sofie Nystrøm is the new director of CCIS

-I have worked with security throughout my career, and applied for the position at CCIS because developing knowledge and expertise in information security is one of the most important things we can do in Norway when it comes to ensuring future sustainability, says Nystrom.

Morten Irgens, chairman of CCIS (Center for Cyber ​​and Information Security), is thrilled.

-Norway Establishes a significant national and European position with CCIS and need a clear and capable leader with strong expertise in information security. Nystrom is all this and more. We are very happy that she throws herself into the job as head of CCIS, he says.

Nystrom is currently a member of the Government new Digital Vulnerability Committee; previously she served as Vice President and Head of Group Security, Telenor Group and Vice President, and Chief information security officer at DNB Bank with corporate responsibility in providing security, compliance and risk management. Nystrom led the establishment of NorCERT within the National Security Authority (NSM), and has experience of SIS (now NorSIS) at SINTEF, and in Silicon Valley where she worked for Sun Microsystems labs.

– Sofie Nystrom’s extensive background from the information security industry provides her now with a valuable footing as director of CCIS, since the centre should be a bridge between academia, public sector, and industry, said Nils Kalstad Svendsen, Dean of the Department of Informatics and Media Technology (IMT) at GUC. -As the host institution for CCIS, GUC and IMT are very pleased to have Sophie joining the team that establishes CCIS as Norway’s most important knowledge and competence centre in the field, added Svendsen.

-CCIS is a front-runner in relation to securing expertise in information security. It will be exciting to work with such competent people, says Nystrom. -Not least, it is interesting for CCIS is the fantastic possibility of cooperation with NTNU as a result of the merger with GUC. NTNU also has strong expertise in the IS field, and a collaboration between CCIS and NTNU will strengthen the national efforts in information, she adds.

CCIS is a partner funded research and competence centre. Defence, security authorities, industry, and academia have joined forces to form a strong partnership model.

-That the centre has so many partners makes it all more exciting and helps to make the job very interesting, says Nystrom, who initially will focus on putting in place long-term funding for the centre.

-Now, the focus of the establishment phase will be on putting the major building blocks in place. Sustainability is a key factor. We shall also make sure that our partners get what they expect, and concentrate on the recruitment of staff for the centre, closed Nystrom.

Nystrom has a master’s degree from Purdue University, USA in Computer Sciences and Information Security; there she has also worked and researched the Centre for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).

Nystrom took over her position at CCIS from 18 March 2015.

Photo: Gunnar Kopperud.