The ability of a business to respond with speed and agility after the discovery of a significant cyber-attack is critical to its reputational recovery and resilience.

Ria Thomas

Ria Thomas leads Brunswick’s cyber offer for the United Kingdom and Europe. She has deep expertise in private and public sector cybersecurity strategies and policies, including advising senior government leaders, Board members and C-Suite executives on enterprise-wide crisis preparedness, incident response and corporate resilience strategies in the face of significant cyber-attacks.

She joined Brunswick from Washington-based management consultancy, Obsidian Analysis, Inc., where she was Principal and Senior Director for Cybersecurity. In this role, she led the firm’s cyber practice, which advised senior government and corporate leaders on the development and execution of cyber-focused resiliency strategies. Prior to Obsidian, she was the Managing Director of Occid-Orient Strategies, which advised private sector companies expanding within the cybersecurity markets in the Middle East and Asia. Previously, Ria was Director, Cybersecurity and Counterterrorism, for Global Strategies Group, where she headed the practice advising select Middle East and Asian governments on critical national security issues.

Ria began her career with the U.S. Federal government, where she specialized in security, foreign policy, and counterterrorism. After leaving government service, she worked for Fabiani & Company, where she advised private sector companies on U.S. Federal government market entry. Specifically, she established the firm’s advisory capabilities on promoting advanced cybersecurity technologies in the defence and security market. Ria is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of New York, with a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Centre and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from American University.