George takes up his role after moving from BDO where he was a Partner and led their Technology Risk and Advisory Services practice. George has over 20 years’ experience in technology risk and information security. His experience includes helping organisations understand their security risk appetite, their overall security exposure, including those issues that are specific to them in relation to their sector and profile and how this relates to their risk management framework. He has implemented technical security solutions and carried out a range of security testing. His experience also includes ISO27001 and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). In addition to his security work, George has significant experience in all areas of corporate governance and risk and control frameworks.
George is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), and is the Chair of the IT Faculty at the Institute. He is also a certified information systems auditor (CISA) and a certified information security manager (CISM).
At KPMG, George will lead the cyber security team in the London region where he will be working with and supporting FTSE 250 firms and SME's, who traditionally have invested less in cyber security. George's focus will also be on emerging banks that are seeking to challenge the Big Five with different and innovative approaches to market.
Paul Taylor, Partner and UK head of KPMG’s cyber security practice said: “Cyber security is a real and growing issue for business. Firms – big and small - up and down the country are increasingly realising that it is something they cannot ignore. As cyber-attacks occur with increasing regularity they are looking for teams who can help them defend and maintain their business in the face of increasing cyber challenges. This has reflected in the growth of our team. Over the past 18 months our cyber security team has grown its senior team with five partners and ten directors joining through a combination of internal and external appointments. Overall, the team has grown from 70 people, three years ago, to over 250 today.
“George’s appointment brings us a wealth of knowledge and experience which will help us ensure our clients stay ahead of these rapidly evolving cyber threats.”
Nahidur Rahman, KPMG Press Office
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