May 9, 2021

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Accenture to acquire French cybersecurity company Openminded

The multinational acquisition plan will accelerate its growth in Europe and strengthen cybersecurity capabilities.

Global consulting firm Accenture has announced plans to acquire cybersecurity company Openminded for an undisclosed amount.

When completed, the acquisition will bring around 100 highly skilled cybersecurity professionals to Accenture Security’s workforce of nearly 7,000 professionals worldwide.

Founded in 2008, France -based Openminded helps clients anticipate and reduce cybersecurity risks, detect and respond to cyberattacks and implement regulatory compliance best practices.

This purchase will enable Accenture to accelerate growth in France as well as cybersecurity scale capabilities across Europe.

Accenture’s global security leader, Kelly Bissell, said as cyberattacks become more complex every day, companies must fully embed cybersecurity in every layer of their businesses.

“The acquisition of Openminded supports our commitment to leveraging technology and human talent to help clients become confident and secure in the face of constant change,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming the Openminded team to Accenture and helping clients defend against cyber threats more effectively across their entire ecosystem — now and in the future.”

Olivier Girard, market unit leader for Accenture France and the Benelux, said, “Our desire to acquire Openminded is aligned with our global strategy to provide diverse robust services to our clients in their local markets. . “

Openminded founder and CEO Hervé Rousseau, said joining forces at Accenture was a great opportunity. “The alliance of our talents and capabilities will perfectly utilize our expertise and allow us to deliver on a global scale. Today, the fight against cyberattacks requires the implementation of the most advanced technologies, as well as those human resources to make them great, ”he said.

The acquisition requires prior consultation with the employment council and will be subject to routine closing conditions.

If completed, the acquisition of Openminded will follow a number of purchases through Accenture, including Brazilian infosec company is Real Protect at the beginning of the year.

Other Accenture companies added to its portfolio in 2021 include the UK headquartered professional services company, Cirrus and cloud analytics company Core is complete as well as Myth + of Germany + and Imagina of California.