EY appoints Andy Ng as Information Protection Leader

06 April 2018 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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EY has further bolstered its cybersecurity capabilities with the addition of data loss and information management expert Andy Ng. He joins the firm as Information Protection Leader, responsible for, among others, supporting firms with best practice in data loss prevention, the incoming GDPR, and strategic alliances.

The cybersecurity space has been seeing increased demand, as threat actors mature, more companies switch to digital platforms, and regulations come into effect. As it stands, cybercrime is an increasingly expensive arena, with estimated costs of up to $1.5 trillion last year. The threats are multifaceted, from staff to sophisticated infiltrations. The kinds of actors too are broad, from small time crime to state level, while the targets are anything from business secrets and disruption, to state secrets and key infrastructure destabilisation.

In a bid to help companies improve their defences and meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, consultancy firms offer a broad array of cybersecurity advisory services, often with specialised practices. One of the Big Four, EY, recently announced that it has broadened its offering with the addition of internet security expert Andy Ng.

Ng joins from Deloitte, where he worked for a little over four and a half years, most recently as a Director in the firm’s Cyber Risk Services, leading the firm’s information protection and alliances capabilities across EMEA. He previously worked for almost 12 years at internet security provider Symantec, latterly as Enterprise Security Sales Specialist, and earlier in roles such as Data Loss Prevention Specialist for the EMEA and Data Loss Prevention Consulting manager across EMEA. Earlier in his career, he fulfilled various roles across the globe for Workshare, including Senior Sales Engineer & Technical Account Manager, Americas; and Technical Account Manager & Solutions Engineer, Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he worked at Marks and Spencer HQ as an IT Consultant, Global, and at NST Travel & Trading as an Account Manager.

He holds a Bachelors in Music & Chinese from Lancaster University and a Master of Science in Music Technology from the University of York.

Andy Ng, Information Protection Leader - EY

Ng joins EY’s Advisory Services Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) practice as its Information Protection Leader. The appointment sees Ng bring more than 15 years’ experience to the new role, which sees him responsible for challenges arising in the information asset landscape, particularly in areas such as data loss prevention (DLP), the General Data Protection Regulation (which comes into force at the end of May) and strategic alliances.

Mike Maddison, EY Advisory EMEIA Cybersecurity Leader, said, “I am delighted to welcome Andy to our cybersecurity and data protection team. His appointment is a reflection of the investment and focus we place on cybersecurity. Andy will work closely with the global Advisory Cybersecurity colleagues as we grow our EMEIA capabilities, particularly in information protection and governance, managed services and strategic alliances.”

Commenting on the challenge ahead, Ng added, “In these testing times, we must provide leadership and proven experience to help EY clients navigate the risks that are happening at an accelerated speed. This will mean continuing to provide the best possible insights to EY clients, both from within and outside of our organisation.”

EY is the second of the Big Four to have bolstered its cyber defence offerings in 2018. The news follows Deloitte’s appointment of Europol leader Rob Wainwright as the firm’s new Senior Cyber Partner.