Vijay RathourPartner, Head of Cybercrime and Digital Investigations at Grant Thornton
Partner, Digital and Forensic Technologies Group
ExperienceVijay leads Grant Thornton’s Digital and Forensic Technologies Group, overseeing and providing expert consultancy on a range of technological challenges including:
- Cyber Incident Response and Crisis Management;
- Information Governance;
- Forensic Evidence Collection, Recovery and Review;
- Incident Response and Data Breach Event Handling; and
- Structured and Unstructured Data Collection and Analysis.
Vijay is qualified solicitor and former barrister, having practised for over six years as a commercial litigator. He has advised on many large and complex investigations and trials, with a focus on financial disputes. He is a recognised expert for Digital Forensics - Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Investigations Review - 2019.
He left private practice to join the FSA as a lawyer in the Retail 1 Enforcement teams. During this time he worked with the Enforcement team as an Investigator, helping defining Enforcement strategy and investigating misconduct by regulated banks and individuals.
Subsequently Vijay spent six years managing data breach engagements, digital risk matters and complex investigations at a boutique consultancy, overseeing some of the world’s largest data breaches and forensic investigations.
At Grant Thornton Vijay’s team oversees Incident Response and Crisis Management, investigating data loss, corruption, system and control failings, data governance projects, GDPR implementation strategies and Electronic Disclosure projects.
He has managed data breaches ranging from limited but highly sensitive losses of data by governmental agencies to the theft of over $100 million through intrusion and manipulation of SWIFT systems in a client bank. Vijay works at the interface of legal and technical teams, providing experience in strategic guidance and crisis management, regularly reporting to Boards and oversight committees.
He had been engaged by the Ministry of Justice to re-draft the Civil Procedure Rules on Electronic Disclosure and Investigative techniques for the modern era (CPR 31 and PD31B). He also helped drafted the investigation protocols used in the Technology and Construction Court.
Vijay is an ethical hacker and enjoys a role on the Committee of the Cybercrime Practioners Association. Relevant Experience
- Data Breach and Incident Response. He has managed multiple large and complex data incidents, overseeing teams addressing each pillar of the NIST IR framework. He regularly conducts Incident Response and Data Breach training for executives in Financial Organisation.
- Information Management. Vijay is an expert on Information Governance and the use of electronic tools for large scale and forensic collection of data, and defensible techniques for accelerated assimilation and review of large data volumes. He has managed multiple LIBOR investigations encompassing datasets approaching 100 million documents. He has been engaged on the UK Courts’ Working Group on the redrafting of CPR 31 on Electronic Disclosure.
- Computer Forensics. Vijay lectures and writes regularly on many areas of Cyber Crime and Data Breach. He has co-authored a chapter on Computer Forensic Investigations in “Employee Competition” by Paul Goulding QC, 2nd Edition.