EY (Ernst & Young) has boosted its forensic cybercrime team with two senior appointments.
Massimo Cotrozzi and Paul Burrows have joined the EY cybercrime investigations team, and have over 50 years of experience between them.
The pair will help lead investigations for companies that are breached by hackers.
Prior to joining EY, Burrows ran his own intelligence company, Abacus EW, which was recently bought by Cohort Group. He also served for 24 years in the British Army's Signals and Intelligence Corps, helping to develop the military's cyber intelligence and incident handling capabilities.
Cotrozzi joins from KCS Group, an intelligence and investigations firm based in London. His previous experience includes working for governments and corporate clients on investigating intellectual property theft and large-scale cyber attacks. He is also a forensic expert witness in international litigation cases.
Paul Walker, partner and UK head of cyber investigations at EY, said: "Paul and Massimo's combined experience of working in government and in defence brings an added dimension to our cybercrime capability.
"Cyber-investigation is a rapidly growing area for the business as hackers get more sophisticated. It's no use simply taking precautions as the assumption now is that businesses have been compromised already, they just don't know it yet."
He said: "There is an urgent need to be proactive in detection, conducting regular forensic analysis of an organisation's infrastructure to prevent compromise from a rogue employee or external threat."
EY's UK cyber-investigations team, which will be doubling in size in 2014 to meet demand from businesses, has personnel working on responding to cyber attacks, data breaches and intellectual property theft across varying markets, such as oil and gas, financial services, life sciences and the public sector.
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