Hamish Beaton

Hamish Beaton

Director of National Cyber Security Centre and Acting Director Information Assurance & Cyber Security
Government Communications Security Bureau

Hamish Beaton, (Acting) Director Information Assurance and Cyber Security, Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)

Hamish Beaton has worked within GCSB since January 2004, when he joined the GCSB’s Intelligence Directorate as an analyst.

Hamish moved to GCSB’s National Cyber Security Centre in 2014, where he managed the Cyber Threat Response Unit – responsible for responding to cyber-attacks; for assisting victims in mitigating damage caused; and for identifying the actors responsible.

In April 2016, Hamish was appointed Assistant Director Cyber Security responsible for the three business units within the National Cyber Security Centre, and for overseeing the day-to-day operations and business planning.

Hamish is currently (Acting) Director Information Assurance and Cyber Security, responsible for delivering technical advice and assistance to support New Zealand Government’s information security priorities.

He leads the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to provide cyber threat detection, response and mitigation to critical national infrastructure in the public and private sector.

His responsibilities also include supporting the Director-General of the GCSB in his function as the Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO), regulatory supervision of network security and space activities, setting standards for infrastructure holding classified information and providing national cryptographic services, and conducting inspections and accreditation of highly classified sites and systems.

Hamish is a member of the senior leadership team of the GCSB, which provides strategic leadership of the organisation.

Appearing at
23 September 2021
  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The New Zealand Government has in recent years made impressive strides in its digital transformation agenda. Achievements of note include the rollout of its one-stop-shop customer service hub, gov. NZ, coordinating its data sharing and management program (under the Data...
15 October - 16 October 2020
  • Virtual Conference
Te Mahere mō te Whakaurunga Matihiko, or the Digital Inclusion Blueprint, released in 2019, is a hallmark of NZ’s progressive technology agenda – a vision for an inclusive, citizen-centric public service that empowers engagement through technology. However, while digital technologies...