Accenture acquires Real Protect

Brazilian provider of managed security and cyber defence services, Real Protect, has been acquired by Accenture. The move has been described as a way of Accenture extending its cybersecurity presence and capabilities in Latin America.

Real Protect is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro and has an office in São Paulo. Powered by two security operation centres, its managed security services business provides custom and packaged solutions to clients across Brazil. The company’s portfolio also includes threat monitoring, detection and incident-response capabilities, which Accenture believes will complement its own managed detection and response offerings.

“According to Accenture’s research, Brazil continues to be a hotspot for cybercrime, which we estimate could cost companies more than US$100 billion in lost revenues by 2023,” said Kelly Bissell, who leads Accenture Security globally. “The acquisition of Real Protect is a natural complement to our existing Managed Security Services business, which offers tailored industry-focused solutions to help clients rapidly anticipate, detect and respond in real time to cyber threats. We welcome Real Protect to Accenture and are excited about what we can achieve together to help organizations be more resilient.”

Real Protect has around 90 cybersecurity professionals, who serve a variety of clients in the healthcare, energy, oil and gas, and financial services industries, who will now join Accenture Security’s global workforce of nearly 7,000 professionals. Real Protect CEO Daniel Lemos will lead Accenture’s Managed Security Services business in Latin America.

“We are excited to join Accenture and tap into their breadth of MSS capabilities, building on the success we have achieved in our business to date,” said Lemos. “Together, our shared commitment to providing market-leading cybersecurity solutions positions us well to drive growth in the adoption of these services in Brazil and across Latin America.”

“Brazil is home to a variety of cybercriminal groups with specific tactics, which is a cyber threat that can be tackled with specialised Brazilian cyber defence and incident response specialists,” said Paulo Ossamu, Accenture Technology Lead for Latin America. “Real Protect will bring this expertise to complement our teams all over the region and enhance our commitment to help secure our clients’ businesses across their entire ecosystems in Latin America.”



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