BDO Israel has announced the acquisition of a market-leading cybersecurity advisory firm – SECOZ. As a result of this deal, BDO Israel is adding 30 cybersecurity experts to the firm, including the CEO, who will join as a partner.
"This transaction is part of BDO Israel’s general strategy to maintain our consulting group position as market leader, with a focused effort on technology and intelligence services," says Shahar Ziv, managing partner of BDO Israel. Yaron Peled, the partner heading BDO Israel Management consulting, including Technology Advisory, adds: "We would like to warmly welcome Ophir Zilbiger, the founder and CEO of SECOZ, together with his staff, to BDO Israel. This deal will greatly enhance BDO’s cybersecurity capabilities due to the deep and unique knowledge of SECOZ, combined with industry and international experience".
The newly-merged firm’s teams of experts specialise in cyber defence, cyber resilience and cyber risk management. They provide technical and advisory services that include cyber defence readiness assessment, APT and pen-testing, a monitoring and security operations centre (SOC), incident management and cyber risk assessment, as well as other cyber and information security services.
"We are happy to be joining the BDO Israel consulting group. We think it is a great opportunity to further develop these services globally, to work with other BDO firms and to offer services that can be delivered remotely and on a managed service capacity", says Ophir Zilbiger. Prior to SECOZ, Ophir managed the risk management practice for PwC Israel and held a global network security SME position while working in PwC UK. Additionally, Ophir is the chairman of the ISACA Israel cybersecurity sub-committee.
Anders Heede, CEO EMEA at BDO, added his congratulations: “This builds on the leading advisory position of BDO Israel and, with the country’s well-known capabilities in technology and intelligence, enables us to serve clients around the world with state-of-the art cybersecurity capabilities”.