Ankura expands cybersecurity capabilities in APAC

Strengthening its global presence and offering comprehensive cyber services

Ankura Consulting, a renowned global expert services and advisory firm, has announced a significant expansion of its Cybersecurity and Data & Technology capabilities in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The firm has welcomed highly respected cyber leader Rob Phillips and his team, bolstering its expertise in the fast-growing APAC market.

Rob Phillips, based in Singapore, will assume the leadership role for Ankura’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice across APAC. In this capacity, he will closely collaborate with the global teams to provide clients with end-to-end cyber services, ranging from digital forensics and eDiscovery to incident response, cyber readiness, threat intelligence, privacy consulting, and 24×7 managed detection and response (MDR) services.

The addition of Rob Phillips and his team further strengthens Ankura’s already highly experienced Cyber professionals in the APAC region, covering key locations such as Singapore, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, and Australia. With this expanded talent pool, Ankura solidifies its position as a leader in the region, uniquely positioned to assist both local and multinational clients in addressing large-scale and geographically distributed cyber incidents.

Olaf Larson, Senior Managing Director, and Global Head of Data & Technology at Ankura, expressed delight in welcoming Rob Phillips and his team, emphasizing that their arrival reinforces Ankura’s commitment to providing clients with access to independent expert and advisory services delivered by highly experienced and best-in-class teams located in their respective regions.

Simon Michaels, Senior Managing Director, and Chairman of EMEA & APAC at Ankura emphasized the importance of the APAC market and Ankura’s expansion in the region, particularly at a time when clients face escalating exposure to cyber threats. Michaels stated that Ankura’s increased presence will enable them to provide comprehensive support to clients in navigating the complex and evolving cyber risk landscape.

Rob Phillips, who joins Ankura from a major consultancy where he led the APAC cyber risk group, brings over 30 years of professional experience, with more than 22 years specifically dedicated to Singapore and APAC. Prior to his role as a cyber leader, Phillips founded RP Digital Security (RP-DS), a Singapore-based cyber firm renowned for its expertise in cyber investigation and computer forensics, specializing in areas such as data breach, ransomware, business email compromise, and insider threat investigations.

Chris Marks, Senior Managing Director, and APAC leader of Ankura’s Data & Technology Practice highlighted the increasing cybercrime reports in the Asia-Pacific region and the significance of organizations fortifying themselves against potential attacks. Marks stressed the importance of developing resilient incident response plans and being prepared in advance. With Rob Phillips and his team’s expertise in forensics and incident response, Ankura will enhance its capabilities and offer even greater benefits to clients. Marks added that Ankura’s comprehensive global cyber service offerings will complement Phillips’ team’s proficiency, enabling clients to effectively manage the complete lifecycle of cyber incidents.

With Ankura’s strategic expansion and the addition of Rob Phillips and his team, the firm is poised to provide unparalleled cybersecurity services and support to clients across the Asia-Pacific region, helping them navigate the evolving cyber landscape with confidence.



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