Deloitte consulting work applauded

Deloitte has been ranked as a leader among global information security and risk consulting service providers in a March 2009 report issued by Forrester Research Inc., an independent technology and market research company.

The new report recognizes Deloitte’s business understanding, technical expertise, depth and breadth of service

Deloitte member firms were recognized as a leader in both Information Security Consulting and IT Risk Consulting in The Forrester WaveTM: Information Security and IT Risk Consulting, Q1 2009 report.

The Forrester reports evaluate information security and IT risk consulting service providers across a set of 72 criteria that are categorized under strategy, current offering, and market presence. Deloitte member firms were ranked No. 1 in all three categories in both evaluations. Fourteen other service providers were compared in the report.

‘I am elated with this external independent recognition,’ said Jeremy Smith, partner, Enterprise Risk Services. ‘This recognition is a true reflection of how our clients and the marketplace view Deloitte’s capabilities in information security and IT risk consulting,’ he said.

‘This is the first year Deloitte stands as the leader in information security consulting as well as a leader in IT Risk Consulting, due to its depth and breadth of services in IT security consulting. This is a testament to the Deloitte member firms’ commitment to global client service excellence.’

Forrester specifically recognized that ‘Deloitte offers the best of both worlds by not only having an excellent understanding of the business, but by also having the ability to integrate an IT risk mindset and a deep technical expertise into its engagements’ The report continues, Deloitte “has established itself as a global leader in offering complex, large-scale information security and IT risk services.’

Mark Layton, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s global leader, Enterprise Risk Services Group added: ‘Deloitte’s global information security and risk services practices deploy established and cutting-edge methodologies, combined with insightful thought leadership and world class talent to deliver unmatched value to their clients. We are honored by Forrester’s distinction and our member firms will strive to deliver the highest standard of services to their clients for years to come.’

In the area of IT Risk Consulting, Forrester’s report states: ‘Deloitte continues to invest in resources and establish centers of excellence in areas such as identity and access management, data protection, and application security. Deloitte also had the highest growth rate of 21 per cent in FY08.’