The Cyber Leader’s Network

The Cyber Leader’s Network is a research programme to aid in the development and maturity of skills and job roles within the Cyber Security Industry. Torquil Macleod established the network to provide organisations with a place to access industry-leading advice on the development of effective cyber security teams that align to business requirements.

Many of the challenges facing the cyber security sector are skills based, due to the poor definition of a STOM (Security Target Operating Model), the aligned roles within the model and how to recruit and train to align to the model.

Torquil is a trusted advisor to commercial and government clients and feeds into the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK’s Cyber Security Skills Strategy.

Our Approach

We utilise a fact-based model developed upon the experience of information security leaders to advise clients. It has been created by extensive interviewing encompassing: – Information security leaders, C level executives, HR and the board of organisations.

We occasionally interview other experts from the sector who we believe have something of interest to share. Each interview is recorded and some are published on this site.

The Cyber Leader’s Network model is ever-changing as the Information Security market grows and evolves – we aim to ensure that organisations stay informed and have a solid skills plan that addresses the challenges of recruitment and retention within cyber security.

The website is managed by Via Resource, an Infosec Talent Agency, and Boss Digital, a B2B Marketing Agency.


Meet the team

Tor Macleod – Founder

Tor has spent the last 10 years helping organisations build high performing Information Security teams. His experience spans from the development of large-scale recruitment and training programmes to helping Start-ups make the right security hire. His insight is from first hand experience of the real Cyber Security Skills Market.

Ian Jenkins – Senior Change Consultant

Ian is a highly capable, experienced, information protection and risk professional, with a track record of delivering successful and complex change programmes across major enterprises.

Ian had a first career in the military, culminating in his role as the UK’s strategi planner for the Balkans, after which he moved into a new role as the Security Policy Adviser and Assistant Head of Intelligence for the then, Customs & Exercise (Law Enforcement) supporting global high-risk operations in counter-narcotics and high value financial crime.

Subsequently, Ian took the role of Head of Security for London Heathrow to ‘operationalise risk’ before moving into technology consulting with an Oracle partner then to Deloitte, both UK and Global for eight years where he was responsible for planning and assuring their ‘List X’ government and wider high-risk services and assisting with internal security strategy, change and ISO 27001 information security certification.

From 2017, Ian moved into consulting in information protection and risk for major enterprises, embracing a global security & response service provider (in three roles) and – most recently planning and delivering organisational change to establish a new, combined internal function embracing InfoSec, Privacy, Compliance, and risk management for a major charity.

Ian was also a member of two Cobra committees, the Whitehall Afghan Strategy Group, co-authored a UK technology association paper on challenges in building identity architectures, as well as chairing the associations Identity Management Group for several years.