EY has appointed a new partner, Chris Gould, specifically to head up its cyber crime team in the UK. He will now lead a group of dedicated professionals that helps organisations tackle the threat of cyber crime by pro-actively identifying threats, responding to data breaches and tracking down perpetrators.
Gould has over 25 years’ experience of working with clients across a variety of sectors in Russia, central and Eastern Europe, the US and the UK. Prior to joining EY, he led PwC’s Cyber Security practice in central and Eastern Europe.
According to GCHQ, eight-in-every ten of the biggest British companies have suffered a serious cyber attack, episodes that cost the UK economy tens of millions of pounds on an annual basis. Cyber attacks are also one of the UK’s top national security risks alongside terrorism.
Paul Walker, partner and head of forensic technology for EY in the UK, stated: “Chris brings a wealth of experience in the cyber space sphere which is where we expect to see significant growth. Clients will be taking steps to protect themselves from cyber crime, investigate breaches and deal with the aftermath of cyber incidents from rogue employees, criminal gangs and state-sponsored attacks.”
Gould himself commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for me to join a dynamic team. I hope to bring the skills and experience that I’ve gained throughout my career to help protect businesses from hackers and cyber crime.”
Since 2008, EY’s Forensic Technology practice – which incorporates a cyber offering – has grown to become a £30 million business and employs in excess of 130 people. EY is looking to grow this business significantly and will almost triple the size of the team in the next five years to meet demand levels from clients.