Accenture named a star performer in IT security services


Accenture has been named a “leader” and emerged as one of only three “star performers” in IT security services in a recent report from industry analyst Everest Group.

The report PEAK Matrix for IT Security Services 2020 analyses the changing dynamics of the IT security services landscape and assesses 22 service providers across several key dimensions.

Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix framework provides an objective, data-driven and comparative assessment of IT security services providers based on their absolute marketing success and delivery capability globally.

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Since the last report, Accenture has strengthened its position as a leader, which is characterised by the ability to offer large-scale security transformation, leveraging strong service delivery capabilities.

Among Accenture’s strengths that the report cites are its:

  • comprehensive portfolio of IT security services, built on an approach focused on business resilience and brand trust protection;
  • emphasis on industry contextualization within IT security services go-to-market, backed by continuous investments in fusing industry-specific nuances into security services solutions;
  • investments in acquisitions and ventures to enhance capabilities and broaden delivery scale, with 10+ security-specific acquisitions and venture investments in the last five years;
  • strong intellectual property portfolio focused on next-generation demand themes such as IT-OT convergence, the internet of things, 5G and artificial intelligence; and
  • extensive partner ecosystem built on global alliances with a co-development agenda.

In addition, the report notes that enterprise buyers have identified Accenture’s depth and breadth of expertise, thought leadership in strategy and architecture, and talent management as key strengths.

Kelly Bissell, who leads Accenture Security globally, said: “We help our clients secure the overall ecosystem of their enterprise and innovations, plus third parties, in this remote business environment with an ever-evolving cyberthreat landscape.

“This recognition by Everest Group further validates the significant investments we’ve made globally to expand our extensive cybersecurity consulting portfolio with additional expertise and technology that helps our clients be resilient through this current crisis and whatever comes next.”

Ashwin Venkatesan, Vice President, Everest Group, adds: “A business-critical need to support distributed workers and operations is exponentially increasing digital touchpoints and stressing traditional security perimeters.

“Accenture is helping enterprises build resiliency and operate confidently in the face of evolving threats by placing digital trust at its core and leveraging its strong IP and extensive partner ecosystem. Its clients highlight the depth and breadth of its expertise, and its strategic thought leadership, focus on co-innovation, and talent management as key strengths, helping to position it as a Leader in Everest Group’s IT Security PEAK Matrix.”

Everest Group’s assessment is based on its annual Request for Information process conducted during Q4 2019 and Q1 2020, interactions with leading IT security service providers, and analysis of the IT security services marketplace.

The full report, “PEAK Matrix for IT Security Services 2020,” is available to Everest Group subscribers.