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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 19:06

Accenture acquires BCT Solutions to strengthen security offerings

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Global management consulting and professional services firm Accenture has made a deal to acquire BCT Solutions, a private tech consultancy that specialises in cyber security, for an undisclosed sum.

BCT specialises in cyber security, electronic warfare, technology and intelligence. It supports provision of defence, national security and public safety capabilities, a statement from Accenture said.

The company was founded four years ago by Australian Defence Force veterans Patrick Batch and Angus Heatley. It has offices in Canberra and Brisbane.

With 87% of its workforce having served in the ADF, BCT is claimed to be well positioned to service the sector.

“BCT will complement Accenture’s defence, national security and public safety capabilities in Australia, extending the reach and scale of our business to transform bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for our public sector clients,” said Catherine Garner, who leads Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice in Australia and New Zealand.

“BCT’s impressive experience and capabilities will enable us to enhance the services we provide to government agencies in Australia - ultimately helping improve the lives of citizens.”

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Accenture Global defence lead Matthew Gollings, BCT director Patrick Batch, Accenture’s Health & Public Service lead for Australia & New Zealand Catherine Garner and BCT director Angus Heatley after the announcement of the acquisition. Courtesy Accenture

Matthew Gollings, Accenture’s global defence lead, said, “We are very proud to welcome the BCT team to Accenture, and we commend their work in supporting the local defence community.

"BCT is a strong match with Accenture’s values, culture and people – and we look forward to combining our skills to serve the needs of government agencies.”

“We are excited to join forces with Accenture to address the pressing challenges facing the defence and broader public sector landscape,” said Angus Heatley, a director at BCT Solutions.

“Most of the BCT workforce are veterans and have the deep, first-hand defence and national security industry experience, skills and understanding to better equip the men and women of Australia’s defence force.

"Together with Accenture, we can further tailor services to our clients’ ever-changing security needs and ensure they are building resilience from the inside out.”

Accenture has acquired other businesses prior to this in order to boost its capabilities in the security sector. In 2016, it bought security and authentication specialist Redcore.

At the time, Joshua Kennedy-White, a managing director in the firm's security practice, admitted that Accenture on its own did not have the technical depth it needed.

"We didn't have the full technical depth that we now have. We definitely had some technical capability, but not enough to cater for the emerging market alone," he was quoted as saying.

"The massive growth in this sector that caught everyone by surprise, we needed a step change for that, and Redcore has given us that."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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