Posted on 04/03/2014
Dr Chez Ciechanowicz and Mark Hanvey with PwC's new cohort of cyber security specialists
One of the world's largest professional services firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has established a new partnership with Royal Holloway's Information Security Group to strengthen the company's cyber defence team.
PwC has sent nine of its security experts to study for an MSc in Information Security, as PwC's Cyber Security Director Mark Hanvey, a Royal Holloway alumnus, believes the specialist training will give them the vital skills they need in a rapidly evolving industry.
Dr Chez Ciechanowicz, Course Director of the Masters in Information Security at Royal Holloway, said: "We are delighted to have formed this partnership with PwC and are excited to be training a new cohort of cyber security specialists, whose job will be to protect PwC's clients from a worrying increase in cyber-attacks against companies. Royal Holloway is playing a leading role in tackling this threat and helping businesses become less vulnerable to attacks that can put their intellectual property and confidential information at risk."
Mr Hanvey said: "I completed the Masters at Royal Holloway in 1995/96 and found the teaching to be truly inspirational. The skills I learnt have been hugely beneficial to my career development."
Will Barlow, Cyber Security Associate at PwC, added: "The MSc provides unparalleled access to world-class lecturers who have invaluable industry experience and research. Being able to apply what we learn on the course will set us apart when talking to clients."
Royal Holloway's Information Security Group is one of the largest and most established security groups in the world. Its leading Masters programme has about 3,000 alumni from more than 100 countries. It has received Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research status from the UK intelligence agency GCHQ and the Centre for Doctoral Training in cyber security was recently established with £4m funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.