UK auditing firm opens multi-million PH cybersecurity center

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United Kingdom-based tax and advisory firm EY has announced the launch of its front-line Cybersecurity Center in the Philippines.

Photo shows (from left to right): J. Carlitos Cruz (EY Philippines chairman and managing partner), Ashok Mario Pereira (EY GDS Philippines advisory leader), Mary Elizabeth Porray (EY GDS client services leader), Maria Elizabeth de Guzman (EY GDS Philippines cybersecurity leader), Jose Carlos Reyes (DICT director), Gemma Epifania Gaerlan (EY GDS Philippines location leader)

The multi-million facility sits out of EY’s Global Delivery Services (EY GDS) and will be an expansion of the global cybersecurity services, playing an important role in helping organizations mitigate cyber risks and strengthen cyber resilience.

The facility offers highly automated security services that are supported by intelligent automation. Examples include triaged incident response services, threat hunting and threat protection powered by security orchestration, automation and response.

“We operate in a vast digital landscape and cyber risks are evolving. Attackers can hit us on machine speed while many organizations are still responding on human speed. Our new GDS Manila cybersecurity ceenter is strategically built to continue to raise awareness and defences through the latest technology and innovation against emerging threats as we develop forward-looking cybersecurity services for EY clients,” said Maria Elizabeth de Guzman, GDS cybersecurity location leader.

Arun Batra, EY GDS advisory leader said, “The launch of our state-of-the-art Manila Cybersecurity Operations Center will help us address the security needs of both global and Asia Pacific clients. This is closely linked to the GDS cybersecurity facilities in India, Poland and China and other EY Cybersecurity centers like Singapore, Melbourne and Dallas.”

“With increasing digitization and a highly networked global world, and the continuous talent gap, our Manila Center will play a key role in helping bridge the demand-supply gap of cybersecurity professionals,” he added.

 “The Philippines and cybersecurity are two of our biggest growth drivers within EY GDS. The new center will help us generate more employment opportunities in Manila. It is completely equipped to defend security threats for EY clients in the digital world,” said Vinod Jayaprakash, GDS cybersecurity leader.

EY pointed to its own security survey which found 77 percent of organisations operate with limited cybersecurity and resilience, while 87 percent say they do not yet have sufficient budget to provide the levels of cybersecurity they want.

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