Durham-based IT consultancy, Waterstons, has appointed a cyber crime and fraud specialist.
Kieran Fowler is a former Met police Detective Constable and worked with London-based organisations to educate them about the risks of online threats, including ransomware and payment interception. He devliered training for the Mayor’s Office and also worked with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
At the firm, he’ll take up the role of Senior Information Security Consultant.
“I’m delighted to join Waterstons and use my experience of working on the front line of cyber-crime to help clients develop long term security resilience.
“50% of all crime is cyber-crime. It’s crucial for businesses, especially young SME’s, to understand the risks and put appropriate measures in place to protect their company. Sometimes it can be as simple as implementing the right training for employees,” he said.
”I’m looking forward to connecting with businesses across the UK and beyond, and taking them on a journey towards robust cyber security.”
Waterstons is based in Durham, with offices in Glasgow, London, Sydney and Perth.
“We’re so pleased to welcome Kieran to Waterstons. His 10 years’ of experience with the Metropolitan Police brings an invaluable perspective to our cyber team, our wider business and importantly, our clients,” explained Stewart Hogg, Head of Information Security at Waterstons.
“Cyber security is no longer an optional extra for businesses. In this modern world, protecting your information is critical, but in our opinion it doesn’t need to start with expensive technology. First and foremost it’s about getting the basics right.”