New Report

2023 Cyber Incident Response Year in Review

Get inside the incidents in our new report, written by the experts who responded to over 400 breaches in 2023.

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S-RM is a corporate intelligence and cyber security consultancy delivering intelligence, resilience, and response solutions to clients worldwide. Every day, we provide insights for businesses to power critical decision-making, inform strategy, and build resilience. And we’re here for organisations during times of crisis, responding to incidents with urgency, efficiency, and precision. 

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People

Our people are the heart of our business. Find out more about our global team and the industry-recognised expertise we bring to our clients’ challenges.

Paul Caron
Paul Caron
Head of Cyber Security, Americas

Paul is S-RM’s Head of Cyber Security, Americas. Paul has over 20 years of experience spanning both the private and government sectors in roles across leadership, military intelligence and counterterrorism, and cyber security leadership & engagement delivery. Before joining S-RM, he was the Managing Director of Incident Response for a global consulting firm. In this role, he used his experience to help clients who were experiencing complex ransomware attacks.

After a career in the U.S. Army, where he was a subject matter specialist in various facets of the Intelligence and Special Operations fields, Paul joined PwC. At PwC, he was an engagement manager and focused on cyber security strategic transformation projects. He has significant experience advising Fortune 100 clients through proactive security transformation efforts and post-breach remediation activities. He has a strong track record of partnering with senior security leaders to mature their cyber security programs on their strategic journeys.

Paul holds an MBA from Norwich University. He was in the first graduating class of the Norwich University Strategic Studies and Defence Analysis program. He is also the co-author of “Security Supervision and Management: Theory and Practice of Asset Protection.”

Diana Nyabongo
Diana Nyabongo
Director of Operations, Corporate Intelligence

Diana is head of S-RM’s South Africa office and the Director of Operations for our Corporate Intelligence business. She has extensive experience providing clients with intelligence to support decisions relating to market entry, regulatory compliance and business operations in the sub-Saharan Africa region. She joined S-RM in 2014, and during that time has held a number of positions, including as the head of the sub-Saharan Africa Corporate Intelligence team and as an Associate Director co-ordinating the company’s strategy programme.

Prior to S-RM, Diana worked at The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab researching development policies and conducting impact analysis in Southern Africa, and at the University of Cape Town where she led the School of Economics’ undergraduate writing program. She is originally from Uganda, fluent in Swahili and holds a holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics.

Marcus Fishburn
Marcus Fishburn
Head of Disputes & Investigations

Marcus is the Head of Disputes & Investigations at S-RM, overseeing the firm’s intelligence work in support of litigation and international arbitration as well as internal corporate investigations.

Marcus specialises in finding creative solutions to intelligence problems, and his clients include some of the world’s most prestigious law firms, multinational corporations, and private clients. He leads a team with advanced capabilities in open source and digital investigations, human intelligence gathering and digital forensics. Client say that “The team who work with him are clearly highly motivated under his leadership.”

Marcus has been ranked by Chambers and Partners and recognised as an Asset Recovery Expert by Who’s Who Legal since 2021. Clients say that “Marcus is regarded as one of the most trusted operators in the market.” They describe him as “entirely unflappable, ferociously intelligent, and able to grasp the nuances of complex and sophisticated matters.” A leading law firm partner says that “Marcus is masterful when leading investigations and commands the confidence of clients finding themselves in the most challenging situations.” 

Marcus has worked in investigations for over a decade, prior to which he spent time working in India both as a speechwriter and aide to a Minister in the Indian government and for McKinsey in Mumbai. He read Sanskrit at Balliol College, Oxford, and has an MA in Modern Indian politics from King’s College London. 

Email Marcus: M.Fishburn@s-rminform.com 

 

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Natalie Stafford
Natalie Stafford
Director, ESG

Natalie is Head of ESG at S-RM. She collaborates closely with deal and new ventures teams, executives, investment professionals, compliance principals, and legal counsel. She advises a range of clients, including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Her previous roles at S-RM have included leading the sub-Saharan African regional desk and most recently overseeing work throughout the Africa and the Middle East regions. Natalie joined S-RM in 2016. Before S-RM, Natalie was head of political risk at G4S Risk Management. She has also worked for two UK members of parliament, with a focus on foreign affairs. Natalie has an MPhil in International Relations and a BA in Geography, both from the University of Cambridge.

Ted Cowell
Ted Cowell
Head of Cyber Security, UK

Ted is a Director in S-RM’s Cyber Security business. Prior to joining the cyber team in 2021, he oversaw business development for S-RM’s Corporate Intelligence business after running CI’s US operations for 3 years, when he was based in our New York office. He joined S-RM in 2012.

Before S-RM, Ted worked in communications and advertising. He speaks Russian, and has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.

Ted is based in S-RM’s London office.

Gala Riani
Gala Riani
Head of Strategic Intelligence

Gala started her career working for the then nascent Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), initially as a political advisor to the KRG’s Nordic representative in Stockholm and subsequently as an advisor to the Minister of Sports and Youth in Erbil. She later moved to London to join IHS Global Insight (now IHS Markit) as a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) analyst, and subsequently managed the company’s MENA regional desk. She spent five years with Control Risks, leaving that company as a Director in the Global Risk Analysis department, where she managed consulting engagements, subscription products and the company’s MENA analysts. Before joining S-RM in 2020, Gala worked as a freelance political risk and due diligence consultant covering MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gala has a BA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, an MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic. Gala speaks Kurdish, Swedish and basic Persian.

Martijn Hoogesteger
Martijn Hoogesteger
Head of Cyber Security, Benelux

Martijn Hoogesteger is Head of Cyber Security for the Netherlands. He is responsible for growing S-RM’s cyber presence in the EU and leads the team of cyber professionals based in the Netherlands.

Prior to joining S-RM, Martijn was at Northwave, a Dutch cyber security firm, where he helped build out their Incident Response and Offensive Security teams. He also takes part in the Dutch TV show ‘Hunted’, where he is a Digital Investigator, tracking down fugitive contestants using digital techniques.

Martijn holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Twente, with a specialisation in Cyber Security.

Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor
Head of Corporate Intelligence, Americas

Based in New York, Sam lead’s S-RM’s Corporate Intelligence practice in the Americas. He has over 13 years of industry experience leading professional services teams; supporting clients in complex crises; and conducting and managing investigations. Sam specializes in multi-jurisdictional investigations, proxy fights, asset tracing, litigation support, and complex transactional investigative due diligence. He works closely with counsel, compliance units, and deal teams to advise clients on investigative strategy, how to best approach challenging jurisdictions, and answer specific questions.

 

Sam specializes in the US and Latin America, but has worked on global engagements touching Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Sam spent eight years at Kroll where he led the North American research practice and co-led the monitorship of a bank fined for violating US sanctions law. Prior to joining S-RM, Sam worked for a Big Four accounting firm and later managed investigations at a boutique litigation support firm focusing on cross-border cases in Latin America.

Morgan Stark
Morgan Stark
Head of Asia

Based in Hong Kong, Morgan is S-RM’s Asia Pacific Head. Leading the business since 2019, Morgan has management oversight for S-RM's Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur offices and our key regional business lines. He has undertaken project work throughout all major APAC jurisdictions and across all sectors, ranging from financial services to extractives, technology, energy and infrastructure. He has a client relationship focus on private equity groups, investment banks, and law firms. Morgan is ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners as an expert in investigative due diligence.  


Before joining S-RM, Morgan led the Stroz Friedberg due diligence and strategic research practice in Hong Kong, where he worked from 2012. Morgan has a BA from the University of York, and an MA and PhD in Russian Philosophy from University College London. He speaks Russian, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

 

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Peter Doherty
Peter Doherty
Head of Crisis Response

Peter joined the business in 2016 and leads S-RM’s global crisis response capability, responding to a varied and complex client base, and specializing in 24/7-365 response to critical incidents and security risks; from natural and man-made disasters, terrorism, kidnap and evacuation, to providing resilience against cyber-attacks and security threats. Prior to joining S-RM, he was a highly experienced senior Detective at New Scotland Yard, with 30 years’ experience conducting major investigations within Specialist Operations including counterterrorism; homicide; serious & organized crime and sensitive intelligence.

As Deputy Head of the UK’s Hostage & Crisis Negotiation Unit (HCNU), he personally advised Government at national and international level on complex kidnap and hostage negotiation issues and has trained specialist law enforcement, military, and security services across the globe on best practice. He has extensive overseas operational experience including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Indian sub-continent, and the Americas.

Paul Caron
New York
Paul Caron

Head of Cyber Security, Americas

Diana Nyabongo
Cape Town
Diana Nyabongo

Director of Operations, Corporate Intelligence

Marcus Fishburn
London
Marcus Fishburn

Head of Disputes & Investigations

Natalie Stafford
London
Natalie Stafford

Director, ESG

Ted Cowell
London
Ted Cowell

Head of Cyber Security, UK

Gala Riani
London
Gala Riani

Head of Strategic Intelligence

Martijn Hoogesteger
Utrecht
Martijn Hoogesteger

Head of Cyber Security, Benelux

Sam Taylor
New York
Sam Taylor

Head of Corporate Intelligence, Americas

Morgan Stark
Hong Kong
Morgan Stark

Head of Asia

Peter Doherty
London
Peter Doherty

Head of Crisis Response

Careers

Working at S-RM

At S-RM we pride ourselves in bringing together the sharpest minds from a diverse range of backgrounds, and fostering a culture that enables everyone to thrive. Our industry-leading professional development programme, the Academy, is one of the ways in which we do this.

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