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EY acquires SecureWorx

The formal completion of Ernst & Young Australia’s acquisition of SecureWorx will enable the company to offer sovereign cyber capabilities with an accredited Secure Operations Centre (SOC).

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Tue, 14 Sep 2021
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Further extending the firm’s alliance with Microsoft, the EY Protected SOC will be able to provide clients and Microsoft customers the ability to leverage their existing Microsoft licences to get Protected SOC services and security-checked personnel.

The EY Protected SOC has been independently assessed and accredited by the Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).

The EY Protected SOC is a unique way for businesses to increase protection of customer data and save money with automated processes at a time where organisations are looking for accredited onshore cyber capabilities according to Richard Bergman, EY Oceania cyber security lead partner.


“We are really excited to welcome the team from SecureWorx to EY. The combination of Microsoft, EY and SecureWorx will make for a compelling proposition that will help protect the future of critical infrastructure,” Bergman said.

“Large enterprises that are already Microsoft customers can now simplify and rationalise their cyber spend to get significant uplift in capability.”

The EY Protected SOC provides multi-cloud services, managed security operations and security advisory services, designed to cater to the needs of customers with sensitive information.

This includes 24/7 security operations managed services onshore in Australia with government-cleared personnel and certified facilities.

According to Phil Barlow, director partner technology, Microsoft Australia, EY are leaders in delivering cyber capability and has welcomed further collaboration with the multinational professional services network.

"Security concerns are paramount for organisations in all sectors, and the establishment of an EY Protected SOC in Australia will be welcomed by existing Microsoft customers."

“We are collaborating with EY on their Protected SOC 'Powered by Microsoft' offering, which will extend the value for Microsoft clients via an Azure protected technology stack on critical infrastructure in an accredited end-to-end cyber security solution,” Barlow said.

SecureWorx ex-CEO Philip Mulley added that moving forward with EY Australia is an opportunity to evolve from the 24/7 security operations managed services capability into a sovereign cyber security leader.

[Related: Collaboration key to mitigating cyber workforce pressures]

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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