KPMG International collaborates with Microsoft on cloud cyber defence and data governance programs

KPMG International has collaborated with Microsoft on the release of two jointly-developed security offerings designed to improve both the data governance and cyber defence capabilities of today’s organisations. The new programs, entitled Data Governance and Cloud Cyber Defence, will help businesses to improve their security monitoring and incident response capabilities by combining KPMG’s cyber security, incident response and industry experience with Microsoft’s advanced cyber security technologies.

“Extending the security expertise of KPMG professionals with Microsoft technologies enables us to deliver broad ranging security solutions to clients that aim to contribute to both the security of their organiations as well as their overall organisational business goals,” stated Greg Bell, co-leader of Global Cyber Security Services at KPMG International. “Given the compliance focus on data security and the nature of expanding security threats, data governance and cyber defence are among the key security capabilities for investment in businesses.”

Many organisations across the world use Microsoft products and services, of course, including security solutions such as Microsoft Azure Information Protection. In many situations, security solutions are not used to the full extent of their capabilities. KPMG’s broad knowledge and experience in data governance and policy-based access, combined with Azure Information Protection to its full strength, will help organisations to improve the security of their data without introducing a burden of complexity for end users.

Data Governance

The Data Governance program consists of a data inventory assessment, policies to classify and protect data during its lifecycle, a roadmap to efficiently implement the technology and supporting processes and the capabilities for continuous improvement.

The results of this joint offering will help clients to overcome compliance gaps and extend their data security by dint of a portfolio of capabilities that combines KPMG’s cyber security, data management and industry experience with Azure Information Protection technology.

Microsoft’s focus on security in recent years resulted in the accelerated development and maturity of the security offerings and technology. Organisations using Azure have access to advanced security technology to further improve their own security. Technology such as Azure Security Center help to enable organisations to centralise security monitoring and incident response capabilities across technologies, departments and regions.

Combining good industry practices and security experience with Microsoft technology will enable organisations to operate and secure their cloud environment in Azure to its full potential.

Reducing security risks

Ann Johnson, vice-president of strategic, enterprise and cyber security at Microsoft Corporation, said: “KPMG’s strengths in cyber defence and data governance increase the value of Microsoft technology for our customers by enabling them to reduce security risks and maintain control over data. By joining forces with KPMG in delivering solutions, we can better secure customers across the globe.”

In addition to the two new service offerings, KPMG and Microsoft offer a GDPR Discovery and Maturity Assessment to help companies meet the requirements of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, the landmark data privacy law that came into force on 25 May this year.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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