PA Consulting announces senior appointment of cyber security specialist

Lydia Kostopoulos former assistant professor at the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi

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PA Consulting announces senior appointment of cyber security specialist Lydia Kostopoulos was previously the assistant professor in intelligence, national security and cyber security at the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  August 4, 2016

PA Consulting Group Middle East and North Africa has announced the appointment of Lydia Kostopoulos to its global cyber security team.

An expert in human behaviour security, Kostopoulos was previously the assistant professor in intelligence, national security and cyber security at the Institute for International and Civil Security at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi.

Additionally, she was also recently featured in the Middle East Security Awards' top 100 list of cyber security professionals. In 2014, Kostopoulos was awarded the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award in recognition for her public service to the cyber security community and education.

Jason Harborow, head of PA Consulting Group Middle East and North Africa, said: "Lydia is a significant appointment for the region. There has never been so much emphasis for organisations to implement robust cyber security strategies than now and we believe her skills will deliver outstanding levels of expertise to our clients."

Kostopoulos also previously served as an irregular warfare analyst at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences in Madrid, Spain. As part of her tenure, she compiled a database of 156 insurgent groups from 60 countries.

The database contained details on territorial control, financial operations, support structures, population control, services provided and recruitment methodologies.

Commenting on the expansion of PA Consulting's cyber security team, Harborow shared: ""The first half of 2016 has seen us bring 30 new members of staff into the regional team which has been vital in delivering the work we are producing for our clients across a variety of industries. 

He added: "The government services, healthcare, and transport, travel and logistics sectors continue to be major areas of expansion for PA within our region. We are bringing together the best minds in the business to ensure the offering to our current and future clients is unbeatable."

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