PwC to hire 1,000 experts as data security fears soar

gloves 2 againConsultancy giant PwC is recruiting more than 1,000 new cybersecurity specialists to address growing concerns among its client base following a spate of high profile hacks on UK businesses.
The firm said the new recruits will be join its UK Risk Assurance team within the next four years and cover all industry sectors across the country. As well as cybersecurity and privacy threats, the beefed up team will cover data management, business systems and IT risks.
Over 600 jobs will be filled by external hires, while over 400 will be transferred from other PwC sites. The firm will also be recruiting at least 200 data and tech graduates.
PwC UK head of assurance Hemione Hudson said: “Business models that have served clients well for decades are being disrupted or destroyed due to the speed of digital disruption, the increase of regulatory scrutiny on technology risks, and the escalation of cyber threat, requiring us to respond and build a strong team of specialists.”
Although there have fewer “car crash” breaches following last October’s hack on TalkTalk, there is obviously a great deal of nervousness in the market.
PwC risk assurance partner Marc Bena added: “Our clients and their customers want to know that their technology is innovative and pushing boundaries whilst being safe and delivering what is expected. We have a duty to continue to build a team of technology experts able to help our clients do business with confidence.”

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