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PKF Francis Clark has strengthened its cyber security team with the appointment of former police digital forensics investigator Ryan Goodwin.
It comes amid growing threats of ransomware, malware and phishing attacks, with 39% of UK businesses reporting cyber security breaches or attacks in the past 12 months. According to a recent survey, the average cost of cyber security breaches was £2,670 across all UK businesses last year, with larger businesses suffering a greater financial hit.
Ryan will advise clients on how to safeguard their IT systems from cyber attackers, including carrying out vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and training, as well as responding to incidents when they happen. As a qualified Cyber Essentials assessor, he will also help businesses to meet the certification standards for the Government scheme.
The threat of cyber crime is real and growing, and the costs of falling victim can be devastating for businesses, both financially and in terms of reputational damage
With eight years’ experience in IT and cyber security, Ryan previously worked as a digital forensics investigator for Devon & Cornwall Police and, most recently, as a digital forensic and incident response consultant for a management consultancy in Cambridge.
He said: “I’m eager to help our clients stay safe against cyber criminals. Cyber crime isn’t just an issue for the big businesses we hear about in the news when high profile data breaches happen – criminals are targeting organisations of all sizes where they identify opportunities to extort money by exploiting vulnerabilities in their systems.
“I’m also looking forward to educating cyber security professionals in the region, through training courses and seminars, so that together we can raise standards of cyber security across the South West.”
PKF Francis Clark is a certification body for the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. As a licensed assessor, Ryan will help businesses to ensure they meet the required standards of cyber security.
“Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations aren’t just a useful process to go through – they can also help businesses to win new work,” he added. “These certifications are becoming an increasingly common prerequisite for public and private sector tenders because clients want reassurance that their data will be kept secure by their supply chain.”
Last year PKF Francis Clark teamed up with Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police’s cyber protect officers to produce a series of short videos raising awareness of current cyber threats.
Glenn Nicol, partner and head of corporate services at PKF Francis Clark, said: “The threat of cyber crime is real and growing, and the costs of falling victim can be devastating for businesses, both financially and in terms of reputational damage. Owner-managed businesses often lack the in-house expertise to protect themselves, so our cyber security services are a logical extension of our holistic support to clients.
“Ryan’s expertise is already proving valuable in helping to educate our clients and colleagues about the evolving cyber security threats we all face in our work and personal lives.”
Find out more about PKF Francis Clark’s cyber security services.