BDO USA appoints Gregory Garrett as head International Cybersecurity

Gbenga Oyebode

One of United State’s leading professional services organizations BDO has announced the appointment of Gregory Garrett as head of International Cybersecurity in the firm’s Technology and Business Transformation Services practice.

With more than 30 years of compliance and operations experience in information technology and cybersecurity, Mr. Garrett advises organizations on governance, risk and compliance frameworks, as well as cyber threat assessment tools and cyber incident response plans. Through an integrated suite of cyber products and services, he helps clients identify their biggest cyber pain points with a focus on top-down organization education and employee training, and conducting truly independent assessments of risk portfolios and governance.

Before joining BDO, Mr. Garrett held several senior executive positions in information technology and cybersecurity at UIC/Bowhead, Blue Canopy Group and Lucent Technologies. During this time, he honed his focus in the cloud service provider, data analytics, telecommunications and government contracting spaces.

Mr. Gregory Garrett’s appointment is the latest in a series of moves by BDO to bolster its capabilities and solution offerings in cyber, information governance and national security compliance.

“As organizations become more dependent on data-sharing capabilities, they face growing cyber and data privacy risks, particularly when it comes to cross-border interactions,” said Stephanie Giammarco, partner and national leader of BDO’s Technology and Business Transformation Services practice. “Often, whether intentional or not, the biggest threats to an organization originate from current or former employees. Gregg’s wide-ranging experience in cyber threat assessment and employee education will help our clients identify often overlooked cyber risks, respond to incidents in real-time and keep ahead of emerging risks.”

“The biggest cybersecurity challenge facing organizations today is the education and training of company employees,” said Mr. Garrett. “A successful cyber risk management program needs to integrate top-down organization education with robust information governance, threat detection and monitoring, and an incident response plan that is ready not if, but when, an attack strikes. BDO understands this and integrates cybersecurity products, services and educational tools holistically, from both a proactive and reactive point of view. I am excited to continue to build upon the practice’s cyber capabilities to help cross-industry clients combat today’s risks, and, more importantly, risks on the horizon.”

Mr. Gregory Garrett has experience working around the world with clients that range from Fortune 500 companies and U.S. federal government agencies, to law firms and professional associations. He has authored more than 22 business books and 100 articles. He has also served as an expert witness in the government contracting space for more than 10 years. Mr. Garrett received a master’s certificate in IT Project Management and Government Contracts from The George Washington University and an executive education degree in Advanced Program Management from Stanford University.