Joel Muckett 4 Jan 2018 01:33pm

Two promoted at KPMG cyber security practice

KPMG UK’s cyber security practice has promoted former civil servant David Ferbrache to chief technology officer and Matthew Martindale to partner

Ferbrache, who has over 30 years’ experience in information and cyber security, joined the Big Four firm in 2013 as technical director of cyber security before progressing to director of cyber defence services in 2016.

Prior to joining KPMG, Ferbrache held various roles at the Ministry of Defence, including head of cyber and space and head of cyber policy and plans.

In his new role, he will lead on cyber strategy, innovation, development of cyber technologies and thought leadership. Additionally, he will oversee KPMG’s various cybersecurity services, including the ethical hacking team.

In 2002, he was awarded an OBE for his contributions to national security following the events of 9/11.

Martindale has over 15 years’ experience. Since joining KPMG in 2000, he has been involved in delivering cyber security advisory and assurance engagements to clients in various fields including financial services and government.

As partner, Martindale will lead cyber security work for clients in the insurance and investment management markets.

“As cyber-attacks occur with increasing regularity, [firms] are looking for teams who can help them defend and maintain their business in the face of increasing cyber challenges,” said KPMG UK vice chair Bernard Brown.

“This has reflected in the growth of our team and over the past few years our cyber security team has grown rapidly. Today, the promotions for Matthew and David will help us continue to deliver great and trusted work for our clients.”

Yesterday, KPMG’s US practice announced the acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Cybernic’s identity and access management (IAM) business, in a move that will strengthen the firm’s existing capabilities in information security consulting services.