KMPG boosts compliance offering with two new cyber security hires

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KMPG has announced the addition of Giles Watkins as Partner in its cyber security practice and Del Heppenstall as Director of its teams in the southern and midlands regions.

Watkins, who will head up KPMG’s cyber security services and help customers protect privacy in the the life sciences, consumer markets, telecoms, media and technology sectors, has a wealth of experience in the area. He previously spent 21 years at EY, where he co-founded the information security team and was responsible for building up the firm’s due diligence services, before setting up Concentium, a company that specialised in advising clients on issues relating to privacy regulation.

Heppenstall, too, brings with him nearly two decades of experience in cyber security and information protection, including security strategy and technical security implementation. Joining KPMG from Deloitte, he has expertise in leading some of the largest security transformation programmes in the UK, including those in the government, aerospace and retail sectors.

Cyber security is a real and growing issue for business. Boardrooms up and down the country are increasingly realising that it is not something they can ignore,” said Malcolm Marshall, UK and Global leader of KPMG’s cyber security practice.

As cyber attacks occur with increasing regularity they are looking for teams who can help them ensure they are able to defend and maintain their business in the face of increasing cyber challenges. Del and Giles bring valuable skills and experience to our team which will help us ensure our clients stay ahead of these rapidly evolving cyber threats.”

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