EY Information Security team boosted by award-winning new hire

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London 24 April 2012: EY has appointed information security specialist Mark Brown to its IT Risk and Assurance (ITRA) practice in the firm’s London office.

Mark will be a Director in ITRA specialising in information security, business continuity and information risk management. He is an industry recognised leader in his field and in 2011 was named “Information Security Person of the Year” by SC Magazine Europe.

Mark will join EY’s growing UK & Ireland Information Security practice and will assist clients with the development of security strategies, transformation programmes, privacy, data loss prevention, business continuity management, Information Security Control governance frameworks and the design and implementation of IT Controls.

Mark has 19 years of operational experience and joins EY from SABMiller, a global FTSE30 consumer goods company, where he held the position of Chief Information Security Officer.  He has also worked as the European Head of Security for a US Defence Research company and European Head of Information Security for SunGard Data Systems.  An industry renowned conference speaker, Mark is a member of the Global Council of the Information Security Forum (ISF).

During the past five years Mark has been the driving force behind a number of transformational security projects and his work has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year’s SC Europe Awards.  Always with a focus on business benefit, Mark has delivered complex information security, business continuity, physical security and data loss prevention solutions across national and international geographies.  Most recently Mark has delivered global business solutions adopting consumerisation of IT and global network simplification both of which enhanced business productivity and lowered business Total Cost of Ownership.

Mark Brown comments: "I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and joining the team at EY. One of my main objectives is to move the profile of information security from an IT issue to a business issue, acting as a true enabler to business. I am looking forward to delivering information security that makes business sense to our clients.”
Jane Cannon, Security and Resilience partner at EY, said: "We are growing our team with a number of experienced industry appointments in response to clients telling us that information security is a growing business concern for them. Mark brings a wealth of experience to our team and joins us at an exciting time as Information Security and Cyber Security increasingly feature amongst the top risks on Board agendas."