KPMG Australia announced the appointment of two new cyber partners, Phil Baker and Katherine Robins.

The two new leaders will join KPMG’s industry-leading cyber team which offers a range of services including strategy and governance, cyber transformation, cyber defence and cyber response.

Gordon Archibald, National Partner and leader of KPMG Australia’s Cyber practice, said, “Cyber security and data privacy have consistently ranked as top priorities for Australian CEOs, and is a strategic growth area for KPMG. We are excited to be adding two of Australia’s top cyber experts to our leadership team.”

He said both Baker and Robins bring technology and cyber skills and in-depth expertise to help KPMG shape the future of how clients safeguard their digital systems.

Robins has over 20 years’ experience working across a wide range of industries including automotive, telecommunications, mining and higher education. She has previously worked at Deloitte, IBM, BHP Billiton and Telstra. Based in Melbourne, she will focus on building leading-edge digital security services around cloud, mobility, internet of things (IoT), and next-gen services for clients.

“The need for a sophisticated and all-encompassing approach to cyber has never been greater, and KPMG is playing a critical role in supporting clients to deliver effective and efficient security strategies. I’m excited to be joining the fast-growing and highly-accomplished team at KPMG, and of course to add my own experience to how we approach cyber in the Australian market,” said Katherine Robins, Partner – Cyber, KPMG Australia.

Baker has worked in consulting and technology roles with Telstra and PWC, as well as having over 25 years’ experience in the British and Australian Armed Forces. He will play a leading role with KPMG clients in Canberra.

“KPMG have made a significant investment in developing the depth of technical skills needed in a modern Cyber practice, in areas such as cyber security strategy realisation, cyber risk management, privacy, data security, business resilience and access management. I’m looking forward to working with the team here to bring our capabilities to our Canberra and national clients,” said Phil Baker, Partner – Cyber, KPMG Australia.

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