PwC appoints two new directors in its cyber security practice

Published at 00:01 AM on 25 July 2013

PwC continues to strengthen its cyber security team with the appointment of two new directors, Paul Midian and James Rashleigh.

PwC’s cyber security practice advises on issues ranging from threat intelligence, detection and prevention to regulation and the broader impact of breaches on business performance.

Before joining PwC, Paul Midian worked for the consultancy firm Information Risk Management. He has worked in information and cyber security for over 20 years, advising companies in both the public and private sector on how to deal with information security risks, keep private information private and maintain business performance in the face of ever more complex threats.

James has over 14 years consulting experience working on large transformation programmes, advising clients how to deal with information security risks and maximising the insight they can derive from their data. James joins PwC from BAE Systems Detica and is particularly experienced in the energy and utilities sector. He has expertise in data analytics and cyber security.

 Cyber crime continues to be a major threat to UK businesses with affected companies experiencing on average 50% more breaches than a year ago.  The PwC 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey, conducted for BIS, found that the average cost of the worst security breach for small organisations was £35,000 to £65,000 and for large organisations was between £450,000 and £850,000.

 Claire Reid, PwC partner, said:

“The fight against cyber crime is a constant struggle. Our recent Information Security Breaches Survey showed that business leaders need to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to protect the information that is critical to their organisation.

“The appointment of Paul and James to our cyber security practice further demonstrates our commitment to the market and to helping our clients understand the threats they face. Their experience in the cyber industry, working across a number of sectors, makes Paul and James ideally suited to driving the growth and development of the cyber security practice at PwC.”

Paul Midian, said:

“I am delighted to take on this role at a time when the spotlight is firmly on cyber. The cyber threat is unprecedented and business is still learning how to adapt. The conversation has moved from the data centre to the boardroom and we are ideally positioned to provide advice that cuts to the heart of the matter; that is, the very real risk to business performance brought about by this totally connected world.”

 James Rashleigh, said:

“Modern cyber attacks are sophisticated and difficult to detect. Being able to find and respond to these incidents promptly relies on being able to source and analyse large volumes of data to enable organisations to react to incidents both quickly and effectively before they cause significant and lasting damage.”

 

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Notes to Editors

 

1.       For further information please contact Nicola Thorogood on 020 7804 6007 or email nicola.thorogood@uk.pwc.com  

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