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KPMG collaborates with Microsoft on Cloud Cyber Defence and Data Governance

KPMG announces collaboration with Microsoft

KPMG International joins forces with Microsoft and announces the release of two jointly developed security offerings.

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KPMG International joins forces with Microsoft and announces the release of two jointly developed security offerings to improve both the data governance and cyber defence capabilities of organisations.
The new programs, Data Governance and Cloud Cyber Defence, will help businesses 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 organisations, as well as their organisational business goals,” said Greg Bell, KPMG Global Cyber Security Services Co-Leader, KPMG International. “Given the compliance focus on data security and the nature of expanding security threats, data governance and cyber defence are amongst the key security capabilities for an organisation to invest in.”

Data Governance

Many organisations across the world use Microsoft products and services, 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 improve the security of their data without introducing a burden of complexity for end-users.

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 overcome compliance gaps and extend their data security by a portfolio of capabilities that combines KPMG's cyber security, data management and industry experience with Azure Information Protection technology.

Cloud Cyber Defense

Microsoft's focus on security in recent years resulted in the accelerated development and maturity of the security offerings and technology. Organisations that are 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.

Ann Johnson, Vice President, Strategic, Enterprise and Cybersecurity, Microsoft Corp. said, “KPMG's strengths in cyber defense 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 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the landmark data privacy law that came into force 25 May 2018.Simon Benson, National Head of Alliances Australia said, "This is another exciting example of how we are combining KPMG’s capabilities, this time in the Cyber and Data Governance area, with Microsoft’s technology assets. Our relationship with Microsoft allows us to continually evaluate the latest technology Microsoft are developing and how, complimented with our services, it can assist in helping our clients to help them solve their challenges. Having this access, gets these IT solutions to market quicker and more effectively."

For further information, contact:

Amy Greenshields
KPMG International
+1 416 777 8749
amygreenshields@kpmg.ca

Ashford Pritchard
KPMG Australia
0411 020 680
apritchard2@kpmg.com.au

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 154 countries and territories and have 200,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

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