Accenture has invested significantly across its network of security R&D labs and in the cybersecurity industry
Kelly Bissell is to join Accenture as head of security. In this new role, Bissell will run Accenture’s security business, which spans strategic consulting, proactive risk management and digital identity to cyber defence, response and remediation services plus managed security services – across all industries.
With 25 years experience to his name, Bissell comes to Accenture from Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he headed up global Cyber Risk for the firm. While at Deloitte, he led both identity & access management, strategy & governance solution offerings, and built the incident response service. During his career, Bissell has served in almost every IT capacity from developer, network engineer, data center director, CISO, CTO and CIO.
“Today’s threat landscape is evolving incredibly fast as breaches continue to grow in frequency, size, severity and cost. Organisations are recognising the need for a trusted partner who can provide the end-to-end security services and cyber defense capabilities that this challenging environment demands,” said Omar Abbosh, chief strategy officer, Accenture.
“That’s why we are investing aggressively in this most strategic area by recruiting superior cyber talent like Kelly Bissell, who brings exceptional leadership, expert insights and global industry experience to Accenture.”
Accenture has invested significantly across its network of security R&D labs and in the cybersecurity industry. Investments include the acquisition of FusionX, a company with a 20-year cyber defense legacy; the acquisition of Cimation, an affiliate of Audubon Companies and an Industrial Internet of Things consulting company; a minority investment in Endgame Inc., a provider of cybersecurity software solutions; and a minority investment in Team8, a cybersecurity foundry.
The company also launched a Cyber Fusion Center in Bangalore, India that gives clients one stop access to a unique fusion of inter-disciplinary capabilities including access to a broad range of cybersecurity solutions delivered As-a-Service.
Accenture has also extended its managed security offerings with new cyber intelligence and cyber defense platforms. Utilising an intelligence-based approach to tackling cyber threats, the cloud-based platforms marry a proprietary combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning and streaming analytics with key technology components that deliver continuous threat detection and incident response management capabilities.
Accenture’s newest cybersecurity R&D lab was opened in Israel today. The custom-built facility features a unique immersive environment for clients to experience for themselves how innovative and disruptive new approaches will help take their cyber capabilities to the next level. It is equipped with a combination of collaborative research areas and other dedicated spaces designed to showcase cutting-edge prototypes that enable rapid development of leading cyber solutions.