Deloitte named a leader in information security consulting and IT risk consulting

by Editor 4/16/2009 4:14:00 PM
Deloitte, one of the world's leading professional services organizations, has been ranked as a leader among global information security and risk consulting service providers in a March 2009 report issued by Forrester Research Inc., an independent technology and market research company.

Deloitte member firms were recognized a leader in both information security consulting and IT risk consulting in The Forrester Wave: Information Security and IT Risk Consulting, Q1 2009 report. The Forrester reports evaluate information security and IT risk consulting service providers across a set of 72 criteria that are categorized under strategy, current offering and market presence. Deloitte member firms were ranked #1 in all three categories in both evaluations. Fourteen other service providers were compared in the report.

"Recognition by Forrester as a leader in the IT risk and security arena is gratifying, certainly. Deloitte is on the frontlines with our clients every day, helping them unleash the value of their information and data effectively and efficiently, and with the confidence and trust that their most valuable data assets are protected," said Ted DeZabala, national leader of Deloitte's Security & Privacy Services practice.

"We will continue to invest in resources and establish centers of excellence in areas such as identity and access management (IAM), privacy, data protection and application security to meet the needs of our clients in the ever-changing marketplace," DeZabala added.

Forrester specifically recognized that "Deloitte offers the best of both worlds by not only having an excellent understanding of the business, but by also having the ability to integrate an IT risk mindset and a deep technical expertise into its engagements." The report continues, Deloitte "has established itself as a global leader in offering complex, large-scale information security and IT risk services."

Mark Layton, global leader, Enterprise Risk Services group added, "Deloitte's global information security and risk services practices deploy established and cutting-edge methodologies, combined with insightful thought leadership and world class talent to deliver unmatched value to their clients. We are honored by Forrester's distinction and our member firms will strive to deliver the highest standard of services to their clients for years to come."

In the area of IT Risk Consulting, Forrester's report states: "Deloitte continues to invest in resources and establish centers of excellence in areas such as identity and access management (IAM), data protection, and application security. Deloitte also had the highest growth rate of 21% in FY08."

In the area of IT security consulting, Forrester's report states: "Deloitte stands as the leader in information security consulting as well, due to its depth and breadth of services, and, most importantly, because Deloitte is able to seamlessly integrate its understanding and knowledge of the business with its delivery capabilities in the security business."

"The Forrester report is really a comprehensive view of technology risk across an organization, and it reflects our thinking that to address today's risk challenges you need an organization that can operate across that continuum," said Robert Hansen, global leader, Control Assurance group. "Deloitte firms provide their clients with the capabilities to deal with all aspects of the technology risk spectrum, including IT controls over financial reporting, from the assessment and identification of risks, designing a strategy, implementing an architected solution and evaluating operating effectiveness."

For a copy of the report visit: http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/article/0,1002,cid%253D252819,00.html

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