Philippine Daily Inquirer Digital Edition


By Tyrone Jasper C. Piad @TyronePiad

Global technology firm Kroll, which has recently set up shop in the country, is building up its team as it eyes to open a cybersecurity forensic laboratory next year.

Dave Kothari, managing director at Kroll, told the Inquirer they were looking to hire about 200 to 300 employees until next year.

“We will be building a security operation center right here in the Philippines, along with a forensic lab for our growing forensic practice as well,” he said.

Just last month, the company held a grand opening ceremony for its office in Makati. This location is set to service clients from all over the world, Kothari said.

Paul Jackson, Kroll regional managing director for Asia-Pacific, said they were “very excited” about the talent pool in the country because they have observed that Filipinos in cyberspace are equipped with “very inquisitive minds.”

“They (Filipinos) like a challenge. They have a hacker mindset. We need that,” he said. “To catch a thief, you have to think like a thief.”

Meanwhile, Jackson said that the forensic lab would do network analysis and review, sifting through “tons of information” to look for gaps in the system that could be exploited by hackers.

“We also do asset-tracing. We look at other types of wrong doings. Then there’s analytics, looking at big data and making sense of lots of this information,” he added, noting their clients can avail of accounting, audit and financial-related services.

Jackson said among the most in-demand cybersecurity services here were network penetration testing.





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