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Sixth annual Risk Forum hailed “huge success” by organiser Corporate Risk Associates

The sixth annual Risk Forum, hosted by independent risk management company Corporate Risk Associates (CRA), has been hailed a huge success with over 110 attendees.

Entitled ‘Risk Analysis in an Uncertain World’, this year’s event was the largest of its type bringing together professionals in safety-critical industries to share Best Practice, knowledge, innovations and expertise on topical issues.

Held at the Ardencote Manor Hotel in Warwick, speakers and delegates at the event travelled far and wide to attend with some coming from as far as the West Coast of the USA and one delegate from New Mexico.

The packed programme included presentations covering a range of ‘Human Factors’ and ‘Safety Analysis’ disciplines delivered by some of the most professionally accomplished speakers in the industry, among them Fred Torri (Risk Management Associates), Ola Bäckström (Lloyds Register Consulting), Karl Fleming (KNF Consulting Services) and Dr Claire Taylor (Institute for Energy Technology).

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu (CEO of Corporate Risk Associates) at the 2015 Risk Forum

Jas Sidhu, CEO of CRA and chairman of the event, told Risk UK: “The day was a huge success and we received some great feedback, particularly on the quality of the speakers. Some younger delegates commented that they felt overwhelmed to be in the same room as some of their industry icons such as Fred Torri and Karl Fleming. This was great to hear as it really demonstrates the quality of event we are hosting and the opportunities it provides for people to hear first-hand from industry leaders.”

The ever-successful event has grown in stature, quality and popularity year-on-year.

Joint venture with Synergy Consultants

CRA recently announced a joint venture with the hugely successful Synergy Consultants to provide a full integrated Safety Case, Risk Analysis and Human Factors offering.

Les Ainsworth, managing director of Synergy, gave a small presentation alongside Jas Sidhu to introduce the co-operation arrangement to attendees. This was met with great enthusiasm.

CRA is a safety, risk and reliability consultancy providing bespoke services to safety-critical industries including nuclear, oil and gas, process, power, renewables and defence. The company was recently awarded the title of Risk Management Specialist Company of the Year in the prestigious CIR Awards.

Other speakers at the Risk Forum included Andy Buchan (Sellafield), Alec Bounds (EC Harris ARCADIS), Jonathan Sherwood (PHE), Professor Tim Kelly (University of York), Mike Zammett and Ruairi Kennedy (CRA), Professor Simon Wilson (Trinity College Dublin) and Chris Harrison (Rail Safety and Standards Board).

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KPMG acquires certain assets of cyber security firm Qubera Solutions

KPMG LLP (US) and KPMG LLP (UK) have acquired certain assets of Qubera Solutions, a leading privately-held cyber security firm that provides identity and access management services to Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.

The transaction strengthens the KPMG network’s security transformation capabilities in several service areas, including Cloud Identity Federation, Identity as a Service (IDaaS), Identity Governance and Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions implementation.

Additionally, the acquisition of certain assets of Qubera Solutions elevates KPMG LLP (US) to become a top deployment partner for SailPoint, the leader in the 2013 Gartner Identity Governance and Administration Magic Quadrant.

“As threats from cyber criminals grow in scale, so companies are facing a tsunami of new legislative, organisational and regulatory requirements they must meet in order to ensure they’re managing and protecting their critical information appropriately,” said John Veihmeyer, global chairman of KPMG and chairman and CEO of KPMG in the US.

“These threats inevitably force companies to re-examine their potential vulnerabilities and seek counsel from experienced global providers. This is where KPMG’s Identity and Access Management solutions teams fit in, working across a multitude of industries to assist clients in conceptualising, designing, implementing, measuring and improving their information security programs.”

Malcolm Marshall: KPMG's global and UK head of information protection and business resilience

Malcolm Marshall: KPMG’s global and UK head of information protection and business resilience

IAM services have become integral to maintaining sustainable operations across many industries, among them financial services, healthcare and life sciences, technology, telecommunications, energy, consumer and retail as well as higher education.

Qubera’s experienced IAM analysis team and deep relationships with leading industry vendors will complement the KPMG network’s global Information Protection and Business Resilience platform, in turn strengthening the firm’s ability to help clients safeguard valuable information.

Building, delivering and supporting technology services

The Qubera management team has extensive experience of building, delivering and supporting technology services for leading organisations worldwide, while its consultants are among the most highly regarded in their specialities.

In addition, the company’s services portfolio leverages leading technical expertise and strategic partnerships to deliver effective results in the areas of enterprise business solutions, portal and content management and service-oriented architecture.

“We’re excited to join KPMG’s efforts in providing clients with the secure information access solutions that can serve as a foundation for their growth and sustainability,” said Prasad Jayaraman, CEO of Qubera Solutions. “Access to the KPMG network’s deep well of resources and diverse set of advisory capabilities will help bolster our ability to provide clients with an unparalleled level of service.”

Mike Nolan – global partner-in-charge for KPMG’s Risk Consulting Services – added: “The ability to provide leading information protection solutions such as identity and access governance, directory services, cloud governance, authentication and authorisation as well as application security services supports KPMG’s mission to help clients align their risk appetite with ongoing business goals.”

Malcolm Marshall, KPMG’s global and UK head of information protection and business resilience, stated that the deal results in continuous growth in capabilities and resources across the local market.

“Our acquisition of certain assets of Qubera means that KPMG is adding exceptional technology talent in the form of individuals able to address increasing client demand for robust identity and access solutions,” said Marshall. “We can stay on pace in becoming a world-leading cyber security practice.”

*Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed

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