Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade expand alliance

Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade expand alliance

New offerings will help clients mitigate and contain cyberattacks

Elly Yates-Roberts |

Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade are expanding their collaboration to develop cyberdefence solutions, allowing clients to detect and respond to cyberthreats.

“The expanded collaboration brings together Accenture’s deep cybersecurity, industry and digital business transformation expertise, Microsoft’s innovative technology platforms and services as well as Avanade’s focus on digital innovation in the Microsoft ecosystem to address the most pressing cybersecurity challenges,” said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security.

“By extending our longstanding strategic alliance, we bring together Microsoft’s extensive cybersecurity capabilities and services with Accenture’s managed security services and Avanade’s implementation expertise to ensure access to customised and comprehensive defences, continuous monitoring and specialised cyberskills that protect enterprises throughout their journey,” said Ann Johnson, Microsoft worldwide vice president, Enterprise and Cybersecurity.

The cyberdefence offerings will cover three key areas. Managed security operations will enhance existing Accenture-managed security services with the integration of the latest Microsoft security products to quickly respond to security breaches. Incident response support will implement a collaborative team approach which helps clients return to normal operations after a security breach. And integrated threat hunting will improve the incident response experience of the three companies to actively locate unknown breaches.

“In a world of persistent cyberthreats, it’s more critical than ever to have the right strategy and technology in a place to get secure — and stay secure,” said Chris Miller, chief technology innovation officer, Avanade. “Built on the strength of Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft, these new cybersecurity offerings will ensure that we are helping our joint clients defend against and address the most advanced threats, while empowering them to innovate forward and operate fully and confidently in a digital world.”

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