NEW YORK; May 17, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been positioned in the "Winner’s Circle" and ranked as the leader in innovation in the inaugural HfS Research’s 2017 Managed Security Services report. The report recognizes Accenture for industry focus, global capabilities and depth of major Managed Security Service areas among other category rankings.
“Businesses want clear advice on how to prevent, monitor and mitigate cyber threats. That is why we continue to aggressively invest in next-generation technology and business solutions that enable organizations to proactively manage their most pressing security challenges,” said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security. “We are extremely proud to be recognized as leading the industry in innovation for managed security services. Our mission is to continue innovating and expanding our industry expertise across the full spectrum of our services to help our clients protect their entire attack surfaces.”
The report evaluated 13 service providers of managed security services against a broad set of capabilities related to depth and quality of services, automation and analytics, industry expertise, vision for security as well as talent strategy. The ‘Winner Circle’ position reflects Accenture’s ability to execute well on these capabilities while focusing on emerging technologies like predictive analytics and crafting differentiated thought leadership in the market.
“Accenture’s focus on bringing industry depth to its security practice helps the firm move beyond tactical checklist-style approaches to managed security, said Christine Ferrusi Rossi, research vice president, Security and Blockchain, HfS Research. “The firm’s thought leadership on data ethics also helps differentiate the firm in the market.”
The 2017 Managed Security Services HfS Blueprint focuses on Managed Security Services delivered on an ongoing basis to help clients prevent, monitor, report and remediate threats to their business. An important element of the ranking recognizes offerings and delivery that demonstrated clear understanding of how security fits into broader business context, proactively staying current with changing security threats and a vision for security’s role in the customer experience.
Accenture strengths highlighted in the report include:
- Industry Focus: “Accenture has specifically invested over the past year in expanding its security delivery beyond industry-specific regulatory requirements to putting security in the context of business trends that affect clients’ business.”
- Cyber Fusion Centers: “The firm has combined its security innovation labs and Liquid Studios capabilities for proof of concepts to move clients faster into operationalized security.”
- Global Capabilities: “Accenture has strong delivery capabilities with security-specific delivery centers in all major geographic regions.”
- Depth in all Major Security Areas: “The provider has services in all of the areas included in the Managed Services category except for physical security, which it plans to add in the next 12-18 months.”
- Data Ethics: “Accenture is building thought leadership around data ethics, the concept of ensuring data and algorithms used in security are used for ethical and legal purposes.”
- Client Relationships: “Accenture’s strong account management capabilities are evident in the number of references, the seniority of references (all CISOs), and the speed with which those references made time to speak on Accenture’s behalf.”
More information about Accenture Security’s Managed Security Services can be found here.
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