James Owen


  • Global
  • Security Risk Management
  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance
  • Organisational Resilience
  • Crisis Response
  • Investigations, Litigation and Forensics
  • Investment Support
  • CORE

James Owen is global head of Cyber Security at Control Risks, overseeing the threat intelligence, cyber risk consulting and cyber response teams in EMEA, Asia and the Americas. In this role, James supports organisations navigate cyber and digital risk challenges through threat-led advice, strategic perspective, globally coordinated support and practical and business risk expertise.

This includes helping them to:
  • respond proactively to changes in the threat landscape through bespoke assessments, investigations, embedded support and subscriptions
  • assess, improve and augment their cyber security in a manner proportionate to the threats they face and the potential impact of a breach
  • navigate cyber attacks through comprehensive crisis management, extortion advice, digital forensics, intelligence support and data analytics


James has spent 15 years at Control Risks advising international companies on threat, risk and crises. Prior to taking up his London-based leadership role in cyber security, James was based in New Delhi where he oversaw Control Risks’ South Asia consulting lines, operations and expansion. Before India, James was based in Moscow, where he led the firm’s business intelligence and investigations practice in Russia and the CIS. 

James came to Control Risks from the Foreign Policy Centre, a London-based think tank, where he advised the British government and private sector on political and security issues in Russia and Central Asia. Prior to this he worked in management consulting for Accenture in China, Europe and the United States.  

James speaks Russian and holds a bachelor’s degree in modern European history from York University in the UK and a master’s in Russian politics from University College London.


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