Accenture has acquired Context Information Security, a leading cyber defense consultancy, to accelerate growth of Accenture Security in the U.K. and across the globe, the company announced on Friday.
“Combining a group of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals globally while providing differentiated services to clients in the U.K. market,” said Kelly Bissell, a senior managing director at Accenture, who leads Accenture Security. “The deal signals continued aggressive growth for Accenture Security and gives us a new branch of talented family members to help clients grow their business.”
Context Information Security, founded in 1998 and headquartered in London, provides information security services in the U.K. and in global financial markets. With the purchase, Accenture Security will gain its high-end cyber defense, intelligence-driven red team, vulnerability research and incident response services.
Additionally, Context Information Security has offices in Germany, the U.S. and Australia, which will expand Accenture Security’s existing portfolio and become part of Accenture’s cyber defense offerings. Accenture Security will also acquire 250 employees, which will further the company’s services to clients.
Context Information Security offers a variety of branches, including financial services, government, aerospace and defense, and critical infrastructure. The company has provided assistance to government organizations, financial institutions and other clients, responding to the threat of advanced cyberattacks.
“Context has a remarkable set of cybersecurity skills, capabilities and reputation in the U.K…to complement the growth we have already driven for more than a decade in this market,” said Nick Taylor, UKI lead at Accenture Security. “We are excited to welcome this talented group of professionals that share a common vision of providing world-class cybersecurity to our clients."
Accenture has also agreed to acquire Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business, which is the latest in a series of acquisitions, including those of Deja vu Security, iDefense, Maglan, Redcore, Arismore and FusionX, that demonstrate Accenture Security’s commitment to investing, innovating and scaling its cybersecurity services for clients.
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