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Callaghan, Hugh

Firm: EY Financial Services
Position: Associate Partner
Address: EY Building Harcourt Centre Harcourt Street Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 221 2411
Fax: +353 1 475 0599
Personal URL:

Special Areas:

Cyber security governance, cyber risk management, cyber threat management and cyber security improvement remediation programmes


Large-scale programme of cyber security control assessments for global banks
Cyber security organizational capability assessment and governance model review
Supporting a major security cyber improvement programme for a large financial services company, with work streams including identity and access management, data leakage prevention, security event management, privileged user access review and control, and business-critical application penetration testing
Advising European banks on the security model surrounding digital banking services (Internet and mobile), including international and person-to-person payments
Assisting a bank with highly accelerated vendor selection process for a real-time fraud monitoring solution
Supporting regulator-driven auditor assurance review of cyber security governance in banking industry


Hugh Callaghan is an Associate Partner in our Dublin-based Advisory Services team having joined EY in 2003 from a pan-European electronic payments company. Hugh specialises in eCrime and information security within financial services and currently manages the security advisory service team in our Advanced Security Centre in Dublin which delivers technical security testing services to global clients. Hugh has experience of technical security testing, online banking fraud management/strategy and security architecture.

Hugh has led a diverse range of projects, including a highly accelerated vendor selection process for an enterprise fraud and AML solution for a large Irish bank, including market review, requirements definition, RFP development, response evaluation and final vendor selection assistance. He specialises in security and online fraud benchmarking and strategy development for retail and corporate internet banking for leading financial institutions, including countermeasures for phishing/eCrime threats and selection of multi-factor authentication solutions.

Hugh has a Ph.D. in computational physics from University College Cork and the Max Planck Institute, Germany.


Several presentations at industry conferences and mainstream media articles.


Hugh is a scientist by background with a Ph.D. in computational physics from University College Cork and the Max Planck Institute, Germany.


ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association)