Cipher Security has appointed Stuart Okin as director of the EMEA region.

An information security and risk management vendor, it also offers consulting, system integration and managed security services. Okin's appointment marks the first venture into the EMEA region.

Okin was previously UK managing director of IT consultancy Comsec and a partner at Accenture. He also served as the chief security advisor at Microsoft UK.

Okin said: “This is a great opportunity to build a vibrant organisation across EMEA. I have been really impressed with the unique solutions in the Cipher managed security service suite; combining event monitoring, compliance and fraud reduction, as well as reducing risks from some of the latest threats to hit the digital community.”

Felipe Bouças, managing director of Cipher International, said: “After two years of excellent results in the UK and with the recent company's capitalisation by one of the world's largest private equity companies, we decided to raise the investment in the region and expand our offering to our complete portfolio. Stuart has the perfect skills to lead this initiative and turn Cipher into one of the major players in EMEA.”