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BDO adds partner to cyber security team


A former CBA specialist joins to offer expertise on digital strategy and resilience.

By Philip King 12 minute read

BDO’s cyber security team welcomes a new partner to its Sydney office this week in Mohit Malik.

Mr Malik joins the team to focus on security strategy and governance, architecture and engineering, offensive security, cyber resilience, and data security services.

The firm said he had over 15 years’ experience implementing large cyber security projects and joins BDO from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he led the cyber security initiatives for its payments division.


BDO NSW office managing partner Grant Saxon said the threat of a cyber attack was rapidly becoming one of the most significant risks facing clients.

“We are pleased to welcome Mohit to our growing risk team,” he said.

“The increasing frequency of ever-evolving cyber threats weigh heavily on many business leaders’ minds and Mohit’s experience with cyber security initiatives will be instrumental in helping businesses build resilience and stay ahead of these threats.”

BDO said Mr Malik would apply an engineering mindset to solve some of the most complex cyber security problems facing businesses as they strived to stay ahead of rapidly evolving cyber threats and attacks.

Mr Malik said joining BDO’s growing cyber security practice would allow him to help more organisations proactively prevent cyber attacks and respond quickly and effectively in the event of a security incident.

“In light of the unprecedented rise in cyberattacks over the past year, businesses in Australia are more vulnerable than ever to potentially devastating data breaches and other cyber threats,” said Mr Malik.

“As a cybersecurity professional with extensive experience, my motivation for joining BDO is to help our clients protect their sensitive information and systems from these threats.

“Leveraging my expertise and experience, I am committed to delivering comprehensive and customised cybersecurity solutions that meet the unique needs and requirements of each of my clients.”

The most recent high-profile cyber attack was a hack on Latitude Financial involving the theft of more than 14 million personal customer details, such driver’s licences and passport numbers.

Last year attacks on Medibank and Optus, among others, raised the issue to national prominence as millions had personal information compromised.


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Philip King

Philip King


Philip King is editor of Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Philip joined the titles in March 2022 and brings extensive experience from a variety of roles at The Australian national broadsheet daily, most recently as motoring editor. His background also takes in spells on diverse consumer and trade magazines.

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