Former Deputy Director at the National Cyber Security Centre joins Schillings

26 November 2019

Peter Yapp to lead Schillings' cyber and information security team.

Schillings has expanded its cyber and information security team with the appointment of Peter Yapp – who joins the firm as Partner to lead the Cyber Team. This is the fourth partner appointment in 2019.

Peter joins Schillings from the National Cyber Security Centre, where he has worked since its creation in 2016. During this time he held roles as Deputy Director, Incident Management; Deputy Director, Private Sector Critical National Infrastructure; and, most recently, as Deputy Director, Cyber Security Supply Chain Risk. Prior to this he held senior roles in both the cabinet office and the private sector, including at Accenture and CERT UK where he was Deputy Director of Operations.

Peter’s appointment strengthens Schillings’ ability to protect the fundamental human right to reputation, privacy and security protection. He will lead the firm’s cyber team – a group of experts in all aspects of cyber defence matters who protect clients when information security is, or has been, compromised. Schillings is now the only business that focuses on protecting the reputation, privacy and security of its clients using a mixture of law, intelligence, investigations, cyber and critical risk advisors.

Peter’s appointment follows a number of high-profile hires at Partner level for Schillings in the last two years. Amy Pope, formerly US Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama, joined the firm, as did John Chase, a crisis response expert with over 20 years’ experience in responding to kidnap for ransom, extortion, blackmail, piracy and cyber threats. Juliet Young, who leads Schillings’ intelligence and investigations team, was also promoted to Partner earlier this year – and has since been ranked as one of five ‘Notable Practitioners’ in Chambers and Partners Litigation Support for 2019 as well as Citywealth’s ‘Most Innovative Individual’.

Speaking of his appointment, Peter Yapp said “The role of cyber in our lives – and therefore its potential to be manipulated in the wrong hands - is greater than ever before. Rather than being scared we need to understand how to take control. This applies not only to our everyday personal use of technology, but to the management of infrastructure in the world around us, and how we run our businesses. I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned managing cyber issues relating to national security and critical infrastructure to help solve the complex challenges facing Schillings’ clients”.

Rod Christie-Miller, Schillings’ CEO, commented “To properly understand, and protect against, every aspect of reputation, privacy and security threat in today’s world, we need to have the best problem solvers from every discipline – law, intelligence, investigations, and, in this increasingly porous digital environment, information security. With this in mind, we’ve assembled an Avengers-like collective of superheroes in their field – and Peter is a perfect addition to our unique team of crisis responders”.

About Schillings

Schillings is a strategic crisis response law firm. It is the only business in the world to deploy – under one roof – litigators, investigators, risk consultants, cyber specialists and hostage negotiators. Schillings defend clients’ universal rights at a time of crisis from ambiguous threats including kidnap, blackmail, piracy and extortion. Schillings has unmatched expertise in privacy and reputation law built over more than 35 years.

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