George Quigley has joined KPMG as a partner to bolster the company’s rapidly-growing Cyber Security Practice. The appointment comes on the back of Ken Hall joining the Practice as a partner in February this year.
Quigley takes up this role after moving from BDO where he was a partner and led the business’ Technology Risk and Advisory Services Practice.
He boasts over 20 years’ experience in technology risk and information security. That experience encompasses helping organisations to understand their security risk appetite and overall security exposure (including those issues specific to them in relation to their sector and profile and how this impacts their risk management frameworks).
Over many years, Quigley has implemented technical security solutions and carried out a range of security testing. His experience also includes ISO 27001 and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
In addition to his dedicated security work, Quigley boasts significant experience in all areas of corporate governance and risk and control frameworks.
Quigley is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and chairman of the IT Faculty at the Institute. He’s also a certified information systems auditor and a certified information security manager.
At KPMG, Quigley will lead the cyber security team in the London region where he’ll be working with and supporting FTSE 250 firms and SMEs (who traditionally have invested less in cyber security).
Quigley’s focus will also be on emerging banks that are seeking to challenge the ‘Big Five’ with different and innovative approaches to market.
Speaking about the appointment, Paul Taylor (partner and UK head of KPMG’s Cyber Security Practice) told Risk UK: “Cyber security is a real and growing issue for businesses. Companies large and small up and down the country are increasingly realising that it’s something they cannot ignore. As cyber attacks occur with increasing regularity, businesses are looking for teams who can help them defend and maintain their operations in the face of increasing cyber challenges.”
That truism has reflected in the growth of KPMG’s own team. Over the past 18 months, the cyber security team has grown by dint of five partners and ten directors joining through a combination of internal and external appointments. Overall, the team has increased from a cohort of 70 people three years ago to over 250 individuals as it stands today.
Taylor concluded: “George’s appointment brings us a wealth of knowledge and experience which will help to ensure that our clients stay ahead of today’s rapidly evolving cyber threats.”