Accenture Opens Cyber Center to Help Organizations Tackle Complex Security Challenges
Freeport-McMoRan Taps Accenture to Operate New Cyber Defense Platform From the Center
BANGALORE, India; April 21, 2016 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is expanding its global security presence by opening a cyber center in Bangalore, India. The new state-of-the-art facility uniquely brings together interdisciplinary capabilities, ranging from the innovation, incubation and development of new solutions to strategic consulting and transformation, and the managed delivery of a broad range of cyber defense services, enabling clients to tap into the latest strategies and technologies to address their toughest cybersecurity challenges, As-a-Service. The center is a cornerstone of Accenture’s cybersecurity growth strategy and commitment to a multi-million-dollar investment in new cybersecurity capabilities, platforms, and industry-specific solutions over the next several years. It will provide access to scarce security capability and demonstrated solutions designed to help organizations detect, respond to and remediate sophisticated cyber threats on-demand, at-speed and at-scale.
“Many organizations are playing a constant game of catch up when it comes to cyber defense and they are struggling to manage a fragmented security environment,” said Bill Phelps, managing director and Security lead, Accenture Operations. “The new center will be a hub for continuous, collaborative innovation – melding the combined brainpower of our clients’ teams, Accenture’s security and industry specialists as well as university and ecosystem alliance partners. Together we can replace vulnerability with capability by building innovative security solutions that can outpace cyber adversaries.”
Accenture is also launching its new Cyber Defense Platform, a cloud-based security platform that integrates key elements to quickly and affordably industrialize and scale a 24/7 managed security capability. The Accenture Cyber Defense Platform utilizes Splunk® Enterprise and Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) to deliver advanced threat detection, correlation, search and incident management capabilities, and is built on the public cloud so clients can easily select cyber defense services, partners, and support options based on their business requirements, As-a-Service.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc., a premier international natural resources company, is tapping into the new Platform and the Bangalore cyber center team, to help secure its hybrid cloud enterprise As-a-Service. Freeport-McMoRan’s new security architecture is being deployed through the Accenture Cloud Platform to create a multi-cloud management environment with new cost-analytics features to better manage cloud usage and spending. Adding the Cyber Defense Platform to the mix provides a scalable, affordable, fast and standardized managed security service that helps the organization rapidly understand its security environment and get ahead of threats that target their hybrid cloud environment.
Manish Sharma, senior managing director, Delivery and Solution Development, Accenture Operations, said, “As we help our clients become digital businesses, we must also help them protect their critical data and infrastructures, and become more resilient. By applying our As-a-Service delivery model and integrating our extensive industry knowledge with leading innovations in advanced analytics and intelligent automation technologies into our security solutions, we are squarely focused on our mission to deliver persistent vigilance to our clients, so that they can confidently turn to what matters most for their business rather than the threats to it.”
The cyber center is the largest cybersecurity facility in the Accenture Global Delivery Network, which includes more than 50 facilities. Accenture has grown its security presence in India for nearly five years and today it’s one of the company’s largest geographies globally. Accenture employs more than 3,400 security specialists worldwide and has a global footprint of cyber centers in Manila and Prague. The new center’s features consist of:
• An amphitheatre-style command center with threat analytics visualizations for monitoring and mitigating real-time security threats.
• War rooms, replete with leading video conferencing systems specifically designed to help clients collaborate with Accenture’s security specialists located across a network of cyber centers to develop next generation security solutions.
• An advanced threat simulator through which new cyber threats are modelled and remediation approaches are developed.
“As cyber threats become more frequent, complex, and severe, organizations are shifting to a proactive stance by creating agile, adaptive IT infrastructures,” said Christina Richmond, program director, security services for IDC. “Clients need to work with partners whose skills are vast enough and integrated enough to handle that complexity. Accenture’s cyber center helps clients take advantage of Accenture’s latest innovative cloud-based, As-a-Service and analytics-driven solutions that can be rapidly deployed, so they can deeply embed security into the fabric of their businesses.”
The Accenture cyber centers are dedicated to advancing Accenture’s end-to-end portfolio of cyber defense services, which cover strategy, transformation, managed security services, automated threat intelligence, monitoring, advanced analytics and real-world adversary simulations, as well as incident response and remediation.
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