NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll (“the Company”), a global leader in risk mitigation and response solutions, today announced that Andrew Beckett has been appointed Managing Director in the Cyber Security and Investigations practice in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), effective immediately. Most recently, Beckett served as founder and managing director of Regency IT Consulting (“Regency”), a cyber and information assurance consultancy.
Beckett comes to Kroll with a distinguished career that has bridged both government service and private enterprise. During Beckett’s time serving as founder and managing director at Regency, the company was acquired as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space (ADS), at which point he was appointed Head of Cyber Defence Services for ADS in the U.K., in addition to continuing his responsibilities as managing director at Regency. In his new role at ADS, Andrew oversaw a team of 25 cyber security engineers delivering internal support to Airbus Group companies across a range of cyber disciplines. In addition to providing technical leadership, Beckett had P&L responsibilities for both the Regency and the ADS Cyber Defence businesses. Under his guidance and direction, Beckett’s division was recognized as one of only four U.K. government-approved providers of cyber incident response services to government departments and critical industries.
“Throughout his distinguished career in both government service and private enterprise, Andrew has illustrated his commitment to cyber and information assurance solutions leadership, and I could not be more pleased that he is bringing his expertise to Kroll,” said Tom Everett-Heath, EMEA Regional Managing Director, Investigations and Dispute practice. “At Kroll, we are dedicated to providing solutions that are as multifaceted as our clients’ cyber and information assurance challenges, and the addition of Andrew’s technical knowledge and demonstrated cyber competence in some of the most challenging of circumstances will help us further that objective. Andrew’s strong skills in business management, analytics, knowledge and project management complement his technical expertise and relationship-building capabilities, and I am confident these attributes will augment our existing offerings in the U.S. and around the globe. On behalf of everyone at Kroll, I look forward to welcoming Andrew to our global team of cyber professionals and collaborating with him to ensure a pragmatic approach to the complex cyber-related challenges that companies, educational institutions, government agencies and medical care insurers and providers now face on a daily basis.”
“I am delighted to have someone with Andrew’s impressive background as part of our growing team of cyber professionals at Kroll,” said David Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Risk Holdings, Kroll’s parent company. “Cyber threats admit to no real borders, and the addition of Andrew to our proven team of experts further enhances our ability to address and respond to cyber threats that increasingly impact global organizations. Following other recently announced appointments to our expanding cyber team at Kroll, I believe we are as well-positioned as ever to meet the evolving needs of Kroll’s clients in the U.S., EMEA and around the world.”
Mr. Beckett said, “I am excited to join Kroll’s industry-leading cyber security and investigations team and utilize my experience in the field to benefit and help Kroll’s clients. Today’s cyber-related challenges are becoming increasingly complex, and I look forward to working with Kroll’s team to develop and implement cyber and information assurance solutions for our clients’ most complex needs.”
Prior to forming Regency, Andrew headed the Information Security practice for Dbi Consulting, where he successfully grew the firm’s security practice, supplying services to numerous U.K. government departments, agencies and police forces with CLAS and CHECK consultants (i.e., government-approved information assurance professionals). Beckett joined Dbi from the International Civil Service in The Hague, where he was Head of the Office of Confidentiality and Security (CSO) for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), recent recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Previously, Beckett was branch head within Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG), the U.K. National Technical Authority for Information Security, where he provided information security, risk assessment and IS architecture advice to several high-profile U.K. government departments. His many accomplishments with CESG included early work on security policies for the Government Secure Intranet and the security evaluation of its applications.
Recognized as an authority on cyber issues, Beckett has frequently been interviewed and quoted in the media, including Sky News and BBC News, and he spoken on cyber topics at security or sector-specific trade shows.
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