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Deloitte acquires cyber consultancy team

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The move is a response to strong demand from clients to offer “end-to-end cyber capabilities”, said the managing partner.

By Josh Needs 10 minute read

Deloitte has added a cyber consultancy company to the firm as it reacts to the increasing requests for greater advice and protection from its clients. 

Cyber security business Hacktive and its team of 10 specialists will join Deloitte’s risk advisory and cyber portfolio as part of its Australian Cyber Intelligence Centre. 

Deloitte risk advisory managing partner Steve Jansz said he was looking forward to bringing in the Hacktive team to assist clients. 

“In today’s hyper-digital and connected world, managing cyber risk is absolutely critical for any business on their digital transformation journey,” he said. 

“We are seeing strong demand from our clients across the spectrum of end-to-end cyber capabilities, helping to implement robust cyber strategies and solutions to achieve organisational outcomes, build resilience, and reduce potential vulnerabilities.

“The incoming team from Hacktive will elevate our current cyber practice, bolster our ability to provide managed cyber security services, and expand capability within our Cyber Intelligence Centre. We’re excited to be bringing them to our Risk Advisory practice.”

Deloitte said the acquisition would also see Hacktive chief executive Chris Gatford take up the role of risk advisory partner and co-founder Keith Hazelwood assume the position of risk advisory principal.  

“Cyber risks are global and evolving faster than organisations can react. Hacktive focuses on helping clients understand the security vulnerabilities of their networks, applications, premises and people and delivering the right solutions,” said Mr Gatford. 

“Keith and I have built our business over a relatively short period of time on understanding the market and employing a team of highly experienced cyber professionals.

“We’re aligned with Deloitte, its strong client service focus and its workplace culture, and looking forward to taking our offerings to another level.”

Deloitte cyber leader Ian Blatchford said that the firm’s growth reflected the importance of cyber services in the current market. 

“Businesses across Australia, regardless of sector, need to incorporate cyber security into every aspect of their operations to address their vulnerability to attack,” he said. 

“We’re seeing very strong market demand for managed cyber security services, including in the private business segment, focused on managing information, privacy and risk via the right security technology architectures.

“Hacktive’s cyber specialist team is experienced in the delivery of penetration testing and managed cyber security services.”

The addition will also strengthen Deloitte’s Australian Cyber Intelligence Centre that is part of a global network of 16 operational hubs along with five more planned. 

Following its large-scale hack late last month, Optus appointed Deloitte to conduct an independent external review of the recent cyber attack, along with its security systems, controls, and processes. 

Hacktive was established in 2018 by security veterans with a focus on helping organisations identify risks, meet compliance obligations and educate frontline staff.

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Josh Needs

Josh Needs

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Josh Needs is a journalist at Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, which are the leading sources of news, strategy, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Josh studied journalism at the University of NSW and previously wrote news, feature articles and video reviews for Unsealed 4x4, a specialist offroad motoring website. Since joining the Momentum Media Team in 2022, Josh has written for Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser.

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