National Australia Bank (NAB) chief information security officer Andrew Dell is departing the bank to join QBE Insurance as global CISO.\nThe move comes as part of a unification of NABs various security functions \u2013 including physical security, fraud and infosec.\n \n\u201cI had an amazing eight years atNational Australia Bank\u2013 and whilst sad to leave some amazing colleagues and friends, I am well and truly ready for my next challenge,\u201d Dell wrote ina LinkedIn post.\n \n\u201cI ... am excited to be joining an iconic global Australian brand at such an important time with a mission to make a difference,\u201d he added.\n \nThe bank\u2019s new \u2018integrated security model\u2019 will be led its new chief security officer David Fairman, who joined in June from a role as CISO for the Royal Bank of Canada.\n \n\u201cNAB is in the process of unifying its approach to security, moving all security-related operations under one division as it continues to evolve and strengthen the way it protects its customers, its people and shareholders,\u201d Fairman told CIO Australia.\n\u201cThe move sees all elements of NAB\u2019s security \u2013 from a physical, fraud, cyber and investigations perspective \u2013 come together in an integrated security model,\u201d he added.\nFairman, who sits on chief technology and operations officerPatrick Wright\u2019s leadership team, has previously held senior security roles at JP Morgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland.\n\u201cThe financial services industry has seen a convergence of the security functions for several years now, specifically with fraud and cyber security, and as society moves to a digital economy, this will become more important,\u201d he said.\nDell\u2019s departure follows an announcement last November that the bank would slash6000 positions but also create the equivalent of 2000 new full-time positions.\nDell joined the bank in 2010 following a stint as a security advisor for Victoria Police. He became head of IT security services operation at NAB in 2012, head of cyber security in 2016 and later that year the bank\u2019s CISO.\nAndrew Dell\nThe CISO promotion was the result of an executive reshuffle of the bank\u2019s security function, during which former CISO Dave Powell became general manager, IT security strategy. Powell departed the bank in August last year to become managing director for cyber security for Accenture ANZ.\nAt QBE Dell will report to recently appointed global chief information officer Matt Mansour, who announced he was joining the insurer earlier this year from a role as head of global information security at British financial services giant Barclays.\n \n\u201cLooking forward to rolling up my sleeves and privileged to get the opportunity to work withMatt Mansourand his leadership team,\u201d Dell said in his post.\n \nQBE\u2019s previous CISO Claude Mandy left the organisation in March after three years to take a career break and relocate with his family to Silicon Valley.\n \nDell will commence in his new role on August 15.\n \nDuring his tenure as CISO, Dell helped to plug the cyber skills gap by working withTAFEs and universities to train up job ready cyber professionals.\n \nIn 2017, a collaboration with Box Hill TAFE saw four apprentices join the bank as permanent members of its security function. Five more apprentices were offered placements earlier this year.\n \nThe bankalso supportsa new cyber security degree course at Deakin University and last year backed a six-month, mentor-drivenprogram for cyber security start-ups in Melbourne calledCyRise.\n \nHe also helped launch a summer holidays 'Cyber Kids Workshop' for kids aged six to 15.\n \n\u201cAndrew provided a great contribution to NAB over a long career, starting at the bank in 2010 and steadily progressing to the CISO role in 2016. He was instrumental in leading our business in the area of cyber and information security over that period and we thank him for his commitment and dedication,\u201d Fairman added.\n \nDell ended his post by asking his LinkedIn followers whether he should keep the moustache he has been growing. Responses were in the affirmative.