KPMG beefs up cyber security with brace of senior hires

KPMG has ramped up its UK cyber security and business resilience offering with Ken Hall joining as a partner and Curtis Baron signing up as a director.

Hall, who boasts 25 years IT experience, joins the Big Four firm from Wipro where he was the head of the global cyber security consulting practice. Prior to this he worked for SAIC, setting up its cyber European security operation.

Curtis Baron has left Royal Bank of Scotland, where he headed up its resilience outfit which managed the strength of the bank’s most critical activities. Before RBS he held senior risk roles spanning security, technology and resilience for several leading investment banks.

Baron has 20 years’ experience in financial services and has worked closely with regulators, government agencies and industry counterparts in the UK and abroad. Curtis is currently an advisory board member of the London First Security & Resilience Network, a non-profit organisation that promotes London as a safe and secure place to do business.

Over the past 18 months KPMG’s UK cyber security practice has expanded with four partners and nine directors joining through a combination of internal and external appointments. Overall, the practice has morphed to 250 staff from just 70 people three years ago.

Malcolm Marshall, UK and global cyber security chief, said: “As cyber security and resilience rise up the board agenda, businesses are looking for teams who can help them ensure they are able to protect, defend and overcome challenges. Ken and Curtis are seasoned and respected professionals who bring valuable skills and experience to KPMG that will help our clients to stay ahead of rapidly evolving cyber threats.”


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