George Quigley joins KPMG to bolster firm’s rapidly expanding Cyber Security Practice

George Quigley: joining the Cyber Security Practice at KPMG

George Quigley: joining the Cyber Security Practice at KPMG

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.”

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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