McMurdie has more than 30 years’ service in the Metropolitan Police where she set up and led the Police Central e-crime Unit, with the national remit to undertake cyber crime investigations that impact the UK.
She chose not to stay with the force ahead of its merger with the cyber arm of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) into the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) in October.
McMurdie will work across PwC’s Forensics, Risk Assurance and Legal services cyber security teams and will lecture on cyber security matters at a variety of UK universities.
“Operating securely in the cyber environment is an urgent issue facing business leaders today,” said McMurdie.
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“If organisations are going to combat the incredible resourcefulness and ability of the attackers they must understand the risks they face and put into place the necessary processes and policies to respond adequately,” she said.
John Berriman, chairman of the Cyber Security practice at PwC said McMurdie is an internationally recognised cyber crime and security expert with extensive experience in the industry.
“Through continually strengthening our cyber security practice we can better help our clients to recognise and address their cyber vulnerabilities,” he said.
Berriman said that because the battle with cyber criminals is fast paced with risks constantly evolving and increasing in scope, it was a necessity that business leaders understand the impact that a cyber breach could have on their organisation and place cyber security firmly on their board’s agenda.