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Accenture pays for CSS injection from Symantec parent Broadcom: Yep, it bought its cybersecurity services arm

Price tag undisclosed but we're guessing it won't have made seller rich

Symantec’s parent Broadcom has offloaded its Cyber Security Services (CSS) operation to Accenture for an undisclosed sum.

The unit flogs and provides global threat monitoring and analysis - among other things - via six security operation centres based in the US, UK, India, Australia, Singapore and Japan.

The services, which also include real-time adversary and threat intelligence and incident response, are delivered by Accenture's proprietary cloud platform.

Some 300 staff are employed by the security services division, and presumably most, if not all, will shuffle off to their new employer in March, when the buy clears. It is currently subject to closing conditions.

Cue the canned statement from Accenture Security's senior MD, Kelly Bissell, who talked about organisations facing an "unprecedented volume of cyber threats that are highly sophisticated and targeted to their businesses, and they can no longer rely solely on generic solutions."

Symantec's CSS reckons it has services for sectors including utilities, financial, media, health, comms, media, technology and retail.

For its part, Accenture has snaffled a bunch of security outfits already that comprise the terribly named Deja vu Security, iDefense, Maglan, Redcore, Arismore and FusionX. The new entrant will join the fold if all goes according to plan.

Symantec was itself consumed by Broadcom last August for $10.7bn (£8.82bn) in cash, joining the same stables as CA and Brocade.

Sources in Symantec's channel have told The Reg that business via resellers has shrunk in recent months and that many of the faces they knew have left the sales, marketing, and channel account management areas. ®

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