Kroll bolsters APAC cyber risk practice with new hires

Industry veterans to expand company's cyber risk management and incident response capabilities

Kroll bolsters APAC cyber risk practice with new hires


By Gabriel Olano

Kroll has expanded its cyber risk business in Asia-Pacific with four new hires, serving the markets of Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Japan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Gerallt Owen joined the company as managing director, based in Singapore. A veteran of the legal profession and former senior equity partner with leading international law firms, Owen will bring a legal and business perspective to complement Kroll APAC’s technical capabilities, the company said. This is amid increased demand for assistance in employee/fraud and internal company investigations, data and documentation disclosure to meet requests made by regulators, litigation support services, IT forensics and other emerging matters.

Lester Lim joined the firm in Hong Kong as a senior vice president, serving as the APAC lead interface with the insurance industry. Aside from providing breach response services to insureds, Kroll helps clients navigate the options available to address risks versus transferring risks via insurance, in view of the hardening of the cyber insurance market.

Patrick Lum was appointed senior vice president, based in Singapore, in Kroll’s largest lab in the region. Lum brings extensive experience from his previous roles with Verizon, and more recently, as the APAC head of digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) for JP Morgan.

Elaine Hung was named vice president and Hong Kong leader of the DFIR team. Similar to Lum, Hung has significant experience in in-house corporate cybersecurity and investigation work from her former role at Natixis Bank. Along with other senior DFIR hires in the past year in Japan and Australia, Kroll said the hires reflect its strong commitment to the region.

“Client needs are always at the forefront of our mind,” said Paul Jackson, managing director and Asia-Pacific leader for Kroll's cyber risk practice. “We understand that reputation means everything to regional organisations, and we aim to provide the combination of advanced monitoring, strategic advisory and testing services to protect against data breaches, combined with a world-class incident response service should incidents occur.”

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