EY brings in experienced professional Chris Gould to lead fight against cyber criminals in UK plc

Chris Gould

Chris Gould

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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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