CISO of Queensland Health John Borchi joins BDO as partner

08 October 2020 2 min. read
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The Chief Information Security Officer of Queensland Health, John Borchi, has departed his role in state government to join professional services firm BDO. 

Appointed a partner in BDO’s Cybersecurity practice, Borchi has been tasked with supporting the growth of the arm, which has been seeing demand for its services grow as organisations navigate the risks posed by an increasingly digital world. 

A pre-Covid-19 study by BDO in collaboration with AusCERT already found that Australian companies were ramping up their cyber security efforts amid an increasingly risky environment, and with the outbreak of the pandemic accelerating the need for digital as much more people are forced to work remotely, investments have since shifted gear yet again. 

John Borchi, Partner, BDO

“The current period is further increasing demand for cyber security expertise as organisations adjust to their staff working from home and make plans to adapt to new digital ways of working in the post-Covid-19 world,” said Steven Sorbello, Managing Partner of BDO’s Brisbane office. 

BDO’s Cybersecurity service line helps clients with a number of offerings, including cyber risk strategy, incident response planning, IT operations, security testing and audits, training & education, and cyber insurance services. The practice works for both public sector as well as private sector clients. 

Borchi, who is based out of the Brisbane locale, brings over 25 years of experience to the position. Prior to serving Queensland Health for the past two years, where he played a key role in advancing the state’s eHealth offerings and digital health infrastructure, he held leadership roles at a range of Federal Government departments and large defence contractors. Earlier in his career, he spent over a decade working for the Department of Defence. 

“John has broad experience in intelligence and cyber investigations and the challenges Australia and our region is facing within the increased interconnected digital world. He will work closely with our National Cyber Security Leader Leon Fouche to ensure our clients proactively assess and enhance their cyber posture so they can effectively manage cyber security challenges,” said Sorbello. 

The high-profile partner appointment comes two months after BDO admitted nine new partners to its partnership nationally. Meanwhile, last month’s acquisition of DBW Group added two partners to its team in Sydney.