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Former Presidential Advisor Joins Alvarez & Marsal’s Cyber Practice

December 03, 2013, 07:54 AM

Tom Kellermann, a former presidential advisor on cyber security, has joined global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) as a Managing Director, based in New York and Washington, D.C.  Bringing a special focus on the financial services and life sciences industries, Kellermann is the latest high-profile hire to join A&M’s cyber security practice, which also recently welcomed William Beer, the former head of PwC’s U.K. information and cyber security practice, and Edward Gibson, a former FBI special agent who served as Microsoft’s chief cyber security advisor in the U.K. and Ireland.

“The future of cyber security is in threat intelligence.  Helping boards, the CEO, and COO understand the emerging threat landscape is critical in ensuring that businesses are prepared to defend against threats before they appear,” said Al Lakhani, Managing Director and practice leader for A&M’s Cyber Protection practice. “Tom is an industry expert in briefing senior executives in the Financial Services and Health Sciences space on how to anticipate future threats and defend against them.  I'm very excited to have Tom join a strong international team of cyber experts based in Latin America, North America, Europe, and Asia.”

“Given the propensity and hostility of attacks in cyberspace, it is fundamental that organizations view security not as an expense, but as an essential part of doing business,” said Kellermann. “This is particularly true in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, where there is expected to be a significant uptick in threat activity as cyber criminals seek to steal highly-secret and valuable intellectual property assets undergoing research and development.”

Kellermann brings to A&M more than 17 years of specialized cyber strategy development, risk management and incident response experience.  Prior to joining the firm, he was senior vice president of cyber security for Trend Micro Inc., where he led the firm’s cyber-threat intelligence practice and coordinated all long-term cyber investigations with international law enforcement. He served as a commissioner on the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency and is currently an advisor to the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance and the National Board of Information Security Examiners Panel for Penetration Testing.

Earlier in his career, Kellermann was senior vice president of security strategy with Core Security Technologies, where he led the training of teams from multiple government agencies in deep-dive penetration testing. Before that, he was the senior data risk management specialist for the World Bank treasury security team.  A professor at American University's School of International Service and Kogod School of Business, Kellermann is a certified information security manager and co-author of the 2003 book: E-Safety and Soundness: Securing Finance in a New Age.

Privately-held since 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that delivers business performance improvement, turnaround management and advisory services to organizations seeking to transform operations, catapult growth and accelerate results through decisive action.  Our senior professionals are experienced operators, world-class consultants and industry veterans who leverage the firm's restructuring heritage to help leaders turn change into a strategic business asset, manage risk and unlock value at every stage.

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