Aon grows cyber expertise with new practice leader

Aon grows cyber expertise with new practice leader


SYDNEY (April 11, 2016) - Aon has announced the appointment of Fergus Brooks as the new Cyber Risk National Practice Leader, bringing over twenty years of private and public sector information and communications technology (ICT) experience to the role.

Brooks will provide clients with consultative advice on cyber security and privacy, further building an understanding of cyber risk and the value of mitigation to Australian organisations.

"We are delighted to have Fergus on board as Aon continues to demonstrate our commitment to this key area of Emerging Risk; our investment in specialist consulting expertise is unmatched in the marketplace," said Jennifer Richards, Managing Director, Specialties. "As we continue to grow our regional expertise in this market, Fergus' appointment demonstrates our commitment to a key area of emerging risk," Richards added.

Identified as a top 10 risk for the first time in Aon's 2015 Global Risk Management Survey, cyber risk remains an underrated yet evolving threat to the local private and public sector. While the threat landscape has grown congruent with the exponential uptake of information technology, cyber risk in Australia is positioned outside the top 10 business risks, indicating a gap in the national risk management approach to this threat.

"Two decades ago cyber threats were considered as little more than petty vandalism; however, cyber-attacks are now created and driven by organised crime and other so-called "bad actors", where personal and corporate information have a clear black market value," said Brooks. "As an industry, our role is to help organisations truly understand their underlying and unique cyber risk profiles in order to make informed decisions."

"Within my new role, I have the opportunity to guide Cyber Risk strategy for new and existing Aon customers, drawing on the expertise of Aon's existing local and global Cyber teams. As the insurance industry evolves, Aon remains a market leader and I look forward to supporting its continued and future success," concluded Brooks.

Brooks will be based in Aon's Sydney office.

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