PwC accredited by CESG to provide Cyber Incident Response services

Published at 00:01 AM on 14 September 2016

With cyber attacks continuing to increase in frequency, severity and impact, organisations need to know where to turn for a fast response in a time of crisis.

PwC has today joined the pre-eminent Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme run by CESG – the information assurance arm of GCHQ - and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), becoming the first major professional services firm to do so. CIR organisations provide the deep technical capabilities and qualified people to assist the UK’s most critical networks and organisations that have been victims of sophisticated targeted attacks.

In order to achieve this accreditation, PwC’s cyber security team demonstrated abilities across a wide range of incident response requirements. These included evidence of proven experience of assisting with the fallout from cyber attacks for government, public sector and critical national infrastructure environments, as well as displaying advanced understanding of the cyber landscape and the ability to communicate the situation and remediation plans with business stakeholders.

PwC becomes the only CIR provider to offer end-to-end breach assistance capabilities, from technical resolution to business management, as well as legal and regulatory support with experts from PwC Legal.

Kris McConkey, cyber security partner at PwC, commented:

“Collaboration between industry and government is essential when responding to targeted cyber attacks with the potential to impact our national economy and security. We’re pleased to be part of the CIR scheme, helping to build up a better picture of the current threat landscape alongside UK organisations and government. This accreditation recognises the continued growth and investment in a wide breadth of skills across our team, and the type of cyber incidents we have been helping clients respond to recently.”

A CESG spokesperson commented:

“PwC has met the requirements to become a certified CIR provider and we are very pleased to welcome them to the scheme. CIR deals with sophisticated, targeted cyber attacks against networks of national significance, of which PwC has proven experience.”

PwC US was recently accredited by the National Security Agency (NSA) to join its Certified Incident Response Assistance (CIRA) scheme.

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Notes to editor:

To enquire about PwC’s incident response services, please contact [email protected]

For more information or to speak to member of the PwC cyber security team, please contact Felicity Main: [email protected] / +44 (0)20 7213 3092 / +44 (0)7841 467 421

About CESG:

CESG is the Information Security arm of GCHQ and is based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. It is the UK Government’s National Technical Authority for IA, responsible for enabling secure and trusted knowledge sharing to help its customers achieve their business aims. CESG uses its deep technical expertise to provide its customers with insights into information risks and mitigations, enabling customers to reduce both the risks to, and impacts on, their information and information-based systems.

From October 2016, CESG will become part of the new National Cyber Security Centre which will lead the UK's national cyber security effort. The NCSC will simplify the current cyber security landscape by bringing together CESG, CPNI, CCA and CERT UK and establish a ‘one stop shop’ for cyber security. It will:

  • Reduce the cyber security risk to the UK;
  • Respond effectively to cyber incidents;
  • Understand the UK’s cyber security environment, sharing knowledge, addressing systemic vulnerabilities; and
  • Nurture the UK's cyber security capability, providing leadership on key national cyber security issues.

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