BDO South Africa enhances its Cyber Advisory Service by partnering with Egress to help organisations defend email-based cyber attacks

BDO Advisory Services South Africa to offer Egress Intelligent Cyber Security solutions to help customers reduce the risk of attacks and the associated data breaches.

London – 29 July 2022 - Egress and leading provider of cyber security services, BDO Advisory Services SA announced their partnership to help South African businesses defend against sophisticated and on-going cybersecurity threats.

With 85% of global data breaches involving a human element*, it is no surprise that the volume of sophisticated cyber-attacks targeting users in organisations has reached unprecedented levels. Research shows that email remains the most common attack vector with 84% of businesses falling victim to phishing attacks in the last 12 months, and 90% of ransomware delivered via this channel**!

In response to this ever-increasing threat, BDO Advisory Services SA, will offer customers the full Egress Intelligent Email Security suite, which comprises anti-phishing security, advanced email DLP for outbound threats and comprehensive email encryption. Recognised as one of the leading global email security platforms, Egress uses patented self-learning technology to detect and prevent the most sophisticated email threats and offer customers unmatched levels of protection.

Commenting on the announcement, Daniel Hoy, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Egress, explained: “We are delighted to welcome such a well-respected and recognised brand as BDO Advisory Services SA into our Partner Programme. Their reputation as a leading provider of specialist consultancy and cyber security services, aligns very closely with our mission to deliver customers the highest levels of service and protection. As we continue to expand globally, the partnership with BDO enables us to offer extended coverage across South Africa.

Gilchrist Mushwana, Director, BDO Advisory Services SA commented: “With organisations across South Africa exposed to considerable cyber threat, BDO Advisory Services SA works with customers to minimise risk and give them the assurance that their businesses are secure. To achieve this, we work with leading cyber security vendors such as Egress! By adding their intelligent email security products to our portfolio, we can protect our customers and their data from external attackers and internal human- risk.”

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About Egress

Our mission is to eliminate the most complex cybersecurity challenge every organization faces: human-activated risk. We understand that people get hacked, make mistakes, and break the rules. To prevent these breaches, we have built an intelligent email security suite that defends against inbound and outbound threats.

Using patented contextual machine learning we detect and prevent abnormal human behaviour such as misdirected emails, data exfiltration, and targeted phishing attacks.

Used by the world’s biggest brands, Egress is private equity backed and has offices in London, New York, and Boston.

About BDO Advisory Services, South Africa

BDO is an international network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms which perform professional services. Auditing more than 40 listed companies and 150 international clients, we believe that BDO South Africa has all the skills, experience, and relevant industry knowledge to provide the best value and resources to our clients. With centralised capabilities across over 20 disciplines and nine industries, we understand our sectors and bring in-depth knowledge, innovation, and clarity to our work.

We currently have seven offices in South Africa and BDO offers industry-specific practices, world-class resources, and an unparalleled commitment to meeting our clients’ needs, with 75% of our clients recommending our firm. We invest a great deal of time in getting to know our clients: building personal relationships so that we can anticipate their needs and offer genuine added value. The experience we have gained from working with all sizes and shapes of businesses since 1963, allows us to be a trusted adviser to our clients whenever needed. BDO public accounting, tax and advisory firms provide professional services in 164 countries, with 95,414 people working out of 1,713 offices worldwide.

Our global reach means that we can service our clients wherever in the world they are based and that we can assemble the best group of subject matter experts from across our firms to work together and find the right solution for each client. BDO is motivated to help people get where they want to be – whether that is our colleagues, our clients, or the communities we are part of. As we continue to grow locally and internationally in reach, headcount and revenue, our purpose will always shape how we collaborate with our clients, to ensure that we make better decisions for ourselves and for all our stake¬holders, individually and as a global organisation.

*Source: Verizon 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report

**Source: Report: ‘Fighting phishing: The IT leader’s view’

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