Insurance broker Gallagher has welcomed three new cyber specialists to its Birmingham office to further strengthen its cyber risk management expertise.
Cyber Risk Management

Gallagher’s Birmingham office, based on Newhall Street, looks after a range of UK clients’ risk management and insurance needs. Its cyber risk management practice provides tailored cyber protection programmes to businesses across a variety of industries, to ensure they have the capability and support to prevent or disrupt cyber incidents at the earliest opportunity, as well as having insurance in place, should they become a victim of a cyber-attack.

Jay Lucas joins the team as Cyber Risk Technical Lead, having previously worked as a Cyber Security Specialist at Nuneaton-based firm IntaForensics, and having spent sixteen years prior to this working for Leicestershire Police. In his new role, Jay will help clients identify and resolve security vulnerabilities and weaknesses affecting their digital assets and computer networks which could be exploited by criminals, by conducting comprehensive review of their IT security and infrastructure.

Stephen Randles and John Clarke join the team as Cyber Risk Consultants, with Stephen joining from manufacturer McLaren Automotive and John joining from insurance broker Clearview Credit and Financial Risks Limited. Both Stephen and John will support clients to obtain relevant industry accreditation, including Cyber Essentials, a UK Government scheme supported by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) that sets out security controls to protect organisations from cyber-attacks. They will also conduct open-source intelligence investigations on behalf of clients, which involves collecting and analysing publicly available sources - from print newspapers to websites, as well as social media posts and research papers - in order to ascertain the risk of any sensitive information being harvested by anyone with malicious intent towards the business.

Gallagher is a major employer in the West Midlands with offices in Birmingham, Coventry and Brierley Hill, with over 200 risk, insurance, claims and employee benefits specialists.

Johnty Mongan, Cyber Risk Consultant, Gallagher, said: “As businesses’ become more reliant on their digital capability, in part driven by the increase in remote working as a result of COVID-19, ensuring they have a high level of protection against cyber-attacks, and identifying ways in which common cyber security risks can be mitigated against, is now an important consideration for companies of all sizes.

“There isn’t a one size fits all approach to cyber security, and our practice plays a crucial role in helping organisations identify, mitigate and respond to any cyber risk they might be facing, and ensuring they have appropriate insurance cover in place should they become victim to cyber criminals.

“Our new hires are prime examples of our commitment to attracting the West Midlands top talent to meet the growing demand for dedicated cyber risk management expertise.”