The founders and 50 team members of Australian security consultancy, Zimbani, will join Deloitte from April.

The firm acquired Zimbani to expand its existing Australia cyber practice. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Cyber-crime is regularly listed as one of the major business risks globally, so it is critical that businesses are on the front foot, anticipating, monitoring and managing the threats and key risk events in real time,” said Deloitte CEO, Richard Deutsch.

“We are in an era of complexity where technology connects everything and cyber is everywhere. As technology continues to disrupt business models and processes, we see cyber readiness and resilience as a key enabler for our clients and are investing accordingly.”

The company’s founding partner and CEO, Rene Morel, will join Deloitte as a Partner, who along with a co-founder Jason Paul, Chief Security Architect, consulted to a number of Australia’s big four banks before striking out under the Zimbani name. The company’s Chief Operating Officer Ben Smith will also join Deloitte as a principal in the cyber practice.

Deloitte Australia Cyber Leader Ian Blatchford said, “Zimbani’s particular focus on security architecture and engineering has created a strong reputation in the cyber market. It is one of only a handful of providers in Australia capable of operating at scale and joins previous deals in the region as part of our significant investment in Asia.”

Incoming Cyber partner and CEO of Zimbani, Rene Morel, said joining Deloitte would help his team scale across the Australian and Asia Pacific regions.

“We help protect some of Australia’s most critical enterprises across the finance, energy, education and airline sectors. Now we can do that at scale and more rapidly. Deloitte has the world’s leading cyber practice, reflecting its commitment to continue investing in cyber expertise and technology,” Morel said.

“With the depth of our expertise, and the breadth of Deloitte’s geographic reach in Australia and beyond we will make a significant impact in keeping the region safe.”

“Our team is looking forward to adding its expertise to the Deloitte cyber practice, boosting its cohort of security architects, and bringing our cyber engineering and automation specialisations to the fold,” Morel said.

“Together we will continue to help businesses build and embed cyber resilience across their processes and technology delivery. I am excited to be able to leverage Deloitte’s global cyber intelligence centre to bolster our clients’ operations to continuously detect and respond to emerging threats.”

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