Richard Watson is the lead Partner in EY’s APAC Cyber practice. He has spent the majority of his 25-year career in professional services and IT sectors focused on cyber-risk and cybersecurity. Watson specialises in helping clients understand and protect themselves from the risk of cyber-incidents. His areas of expertise include cyber-risk assessment, technologies for monitoring and protecting against cyberattack, privacy regulations and managing cyber-incident response. Watson has worked in a number of industries, focusing on those that have significant intellectual property to protect, a significant risk of brand damage from a cyber-incident or whose core operations see them dependent on the digital ecosystem. Originally from the UK, Watson is based in Sydney but operates throughout the Asia Pacific region.