Accenture installs Richard Harrison as NZ cybersecurity leader

17 May 2022 1 min. read
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Accenture has appointed Richard Harrison as the new leader of its Cybersecurity practice in New Zealand.

Richard Harrison joins the global consulting and technology giant from HealthAlliance, where he served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the past five years.

He brings over twenty years of experience in cyber, security management, compliance, risk assessment, policy improvement, and reporting to Accenture’s operation in Auckland.

Accenture installs Richard Harrison as NZ cybersecurity leader

At HealthAlliance, a shared services organisation for New Zealand’s health sector, Harrison led the information security strategy and governance across cybersecurity and risk. He also played a major role in setting up and developing HealthAlliance’s Cyber Intelligence Centre and Shared Operations Centre – which serve health agencies, hospitals and other healthcare institutions.

His leadership and track record at HealthAlliance has seen Harrison win a number of awards and recognitions at the iSANZ Awards, which celebrate excellence in New Zealand’s security and cyber security industry.

Earlier in his career, Harrison was a Senior Information Security Consultant at Spark Digital, and held several executive and IT related roles in the United Kingdom (Harrison relocated to New Zealand in 2015).

Commenting on the appointment, Nick Mulcahy, New Zealand country managing director at Accenture, noted Harrison’s “outstanding credentials” and welcomed him to the firm “at a time of increasing cybersecurity challenges.”