Accenture acquires iDefense Security Intelligence from VeriSig

22 February 2017

Accenture has acquired iDefense Security Intelligence from VeriSign. The acquisition provides the firm with extensive access to historical threat data, a range of new capabilities and a large client network. Through the addition the firm hopes to create a stronger integrate proposition for its clients. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

iDefense Security Intelligence (iDefence) is a cybersecurity platform developed by domain names and internet security firm VeriSign. The platform provides a range of services to clients, from detecting vulnerabilities and malicious code to global threats to organisations. The company was founded in 1998 and has, over its 18 years of existence, collected a wide array of proprietary threat intelligence data. The company is engaged by a host of Fortune 500 companies, including banking, communications, media, technology and products.

Cyber security continues to be a key area of concern for organisations across the globe, with total damages estimated at $280 billion. The addition of iDefence boosts Accenture’s capabilities to be better able to serve the firm’s clients to detect potential threats and take relevant actions ‘much earlier’ than those dependent on public data feeds.

Accenture acquires iDefense Security Intelligence

The capabilities from iDefence will further be integrated into Accenture’s wider security proposition, including its adversary simulation, threat hunting and incident response services. The firm will also lend its extensive capabilities to IDefence’s propositions, creating a more powerful set of product.

“iDefense has always been recognised for the differentiated and innovative approach to security intelligence and vulnerability management. Our contextual cyber intelligence is delivered to clients in a highly consumable way, so they can confidently use it to enhance a security control, drive a course of action or mitigate risk effectively in their business,” said Josh Ray, Vice President, iDefense Security Intelligence Services.

He adds, “We are very excited by this opportunity to bring our unparalleled threat intelligence services to Accenture Security’s extensive portfolio of end-to-end security and technology services."

Accenture has of late significantly expand its expertise in the cyber field, buying among others France-based Arismore earlier this year and US-based Defense Point Security last year.


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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”