Deloitte makes fifth cybersecurity acquisition in 2021

Deloitte’s fifth cybersecurity-related acquisition so far in 2021 aims to quickly expand the company’s capabilities in this business

Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory has acquired aeCyberSolutions, the industrial cybersecurity business of Applied Engineering Solutions, or aeSolutions.

The deal will help to bolster Deloitte's existing cybersecurity offerings with the aeCyberSolutions business' well-tested frameworks, methodologies, and technology-enabled tools for industrial control systems / operational technology (ICS/OT) security. The deal will also bring aeCyberSolutions' professionals, who have deep experience in industrial sector standards development and risk advisory services.

"Cyberattacks on industrial controls systems for critical infrastructure are increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching, making cyber resilience and regulatory compliance more important than ever," said Wendy Frank, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Cyber 5G and IoT leader and principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "As industrial organisations digitally transform to adopt more emerging technologies like 5G, the Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence, our acquisition of the aeCyberSolutions business helps us to offer leading-edge ICS/OT technologies and related advisory services."

 

Meeting growing cyber demands

 

Deloitte offers cyber services and solutions across the majority of government/public sector and commercial industries, including industrial sector organisations such as those in oil and gas, chemicals and agricultural chemicals, industrial gases, pulp and paper, and manufacturing. 

The addition of the aeCyberSolutions business marks Deloitte's fifth cyber acquisition in 2021. Earlier Deloitte cyber acquisitions this year included the assets of cyber threat hunting provider Root9B, LLC (R9B), cloud security posture management (CSPM) provider CloudQuest, Inc., digital risk protection company, Terbium Labs and Zero Trust network access (ZTNA) provider TransientX.

"Knowing our clients' needs are only expanding, we're aggressively growing our cyber practice to meet that need, aiming to bring innovative solutions as well as top industry executives with deep experience to help our clients achieve enhanced cyber resilience," said Deborah Golden, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Cyber and Strategic Risk leader and principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "Acquiring the aeCyberSolutions business' highly certified, credentialed and experienced security professionals and tech-enabled solutions allows us to hyperscale our offerings to help clients advance their cybersecurity programs for the industrial sector and beyond."

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