Onyx Group chief joins US anti-terrorism team.
Adirector of a Teesside company is the only Briton to join a group giving advice to the US Government on how to prevent terrorist attacks on its communications technology.
Maitland Hyslop, the head of Middlesbrough-based ISP hosting and enterprise data security company Onyx Group, is joining a leading United States think-tank that is providing post 9/11 advice to the US Department of Homeland Security.
Mr Hyslop is the only UK citizen to have been invited to join The Institute for Critical Information Protection (I3P), which is based at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
The institute is funded by the US Department of Homeland Security to conduct research into the ways and means of preventing terrorist attacks on the information infrastructures of the United States and its allies. "These information infrastructures, which are comprised of computers, embedded devices, networks and software systems, are crucial to the day-to-day operation of every aspect of life," said Mr Hyslop.
"Indeed, society would be unable to function if major components of the critical information infrastructure were degraded, disabled or destroyed.
"I'll be using the knowledge and experience gained while working as an adviser to a number of European and US-based organisations involved in this crucial area to support the work of I3P.
"My role with I3P will not interfere with my duties at Onyx as strategic and business development director."
Mr Hyslop, who was until recently a Research Fellow and Tutor at Northumbria University's Disaster and Development Centre, is an acknowledged international authority on Critical Infrastructure Resilience Planning.
He is a founder member of the European Telecommunications Resilience and Recovery Association (ETR2A) and its Advisory Council and was a former adviser to and working group member of the European Network Information Security Agency.
In the US, Mr Hyslop is a member of the US Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Resilience and Recovery Association and is a regular contributor to the Continuity Professional Management's Resilience e-newsletter.
In 2004, he was named as one of the top 100 E-entrepreneurs of the decade.