Ernst & Young cited as a leader with "exceptional strategy" in information security consulting services

-- Strong service offering and exceptional strategy allow Ernst & Young to take high honors

-- Report highlights Ernst & Young receives very positive feedback from clients on the expertise of its staff, its exceptional quality control and its focus on client relationships

-- Areas of strength include business continuity/disaster recovery, regulatory compliance, data loss protection and fraud investigation

Feb 11, 2013, 13:29 ET from Ernst & Young

LONDON, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernst & Young has been cited as a "leader" by Forrester Research, Inc. for information security consulting services in the February 2013 report, "The Forrester Wave™: Information Security Consulting Services, Q1 2013".

To assess the state of the information security market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top service providers. The report highlights that Ernst & Young has excellent client references and that the organization's heavy investment in its security business is bringing strong results. Ernst & Young's strong service offering and exceptional strategy in information security allowed it to take high honors within the report. Forrester identified that Ernst & Young receives very positive feedback from clients on the expertise of its staff, its exceptional quality and control and its focus on client relationships. As a result Ernst & Young has a high level of repeat business, in excess of 90%.

Paul van Kessel, Ernst & Young Global IT Risk and Assurance Leader comments:
"We feel that this report recognizes the expertise of our staff, our exceptional quality control and our focus on client relationships. It is further proof to us that our information security specialists around the world are leading the way in delivering exceptional client service and developing innovative services for our clients."

Ernst & Young's global team of over 3,600 information security professionals deliver a broad range of services. The areas of strength highlighted within the report include business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR), regulatory compliance, data lost protection (DLP), and fraud investigation. The company's well-established processes also ensured that Ernst & Young performed very well in planning, delivery and quality.

Ken Allan, Ernst & Young Global Information Security Leader adds: "We believe our strategy of producing consistently strong thought leadership content — such as our annual Global information security survey, which is now in its 15th year — has helped cement our position as market leaders, which, we feel is reflected in Ernst & Young receiving the highest score for strategy of all the vendors included within the report."

Other notable positive factors in the report included Ernst & Young's deep commitment to innovation and thought leadership, its strong strategy for the future and a global vision that seeks to sidestep internal competition for business and give the client a single global experience. Client references were very positive and Forrester concludes, in its profile of Ernst & Young, that companies looking for a long-term partner with a solid suite of services and a great strategy for the future should look to Ernst & Young.

Notes to Editors
Source: The Forrester Wave™: Information Security Consulting Services, Q1 2013, Forrester Research, Ed Ferrara and Andrew Rose, 1 February 2013.

Report methodology
Forrester conducted consulting services evaluations in Q3 2012 and interviewed 30 vendors and user companies.

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