David Ferbrache has taken on the role of Technical Director at KPMG following three years of being seconded to the firm as a Special Adviser in Cyber Security from the MOD. In his new role, leveraging more than 25 years of experience, Ferbrache will help further develop the firm’s cyber security services, as well as advice clients on current chief areas of cyber security concern.
Prior to starting out on his career in public service, David Ferbrache worked as the Technical Director for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency between 1996 and 1997. In 1997 he took on the role of Assistant Director Technical Scrutiny (CIS) for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), after which, he was promoted to Deputy Director of Equipment Capability (ISTAR) for the MOD in 2000. In 2002, Ferbrache took on the role of Director of Science (Manoeuvre and Information Superiority), a role he held for three years, before becoming the Director of Defence Acquisition for the MOD in 2005 and Director of Defence Industrial Strategy in 2007.
In a brief hiatus from public life, between 2008 and 2011, Ferbrache joined the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory as Head of Cyber and Influence S&T Centre. In 2011 he re-joined the MOD, taking on the role of Head Cyber Policy and Plans, after which he was named Head of Cyber & Space a year later. In 2013 he joined KPMG on secondment from MOD as a Special Adviser in Cyber Security.
Ferbrache holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University and an MBA in General Business Administration and Management from The Open University. Ferbrache was named an Officer of British Empire by her Majesty the Queen in 2002.
In his new role as Technical Director at KPMG, David Ferbrache will leverage his more than 25 years’ experience at the MOD for the firm’s clients. The role will include the development of future cyber security services, as well as the provision of advice around how best to defend against the most sophisticated cyber threats.
Paul Taylor, Partner and UK head of KPMG’s Cyber Security Practice, says: “We are pleased to welcome David as a member to our market leading cyber security practice. David’s technical knowledge and understanding of the ever evolving cyber threat landscape is first class, and is already providing to be an invaluable resource for our clients. Cyber security is finally being recognised as business critical for companies of all sizes.”