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Cybersecurity and Digital Trust

Together we're building a secure digital society

As companies pivot more toward digital business models, exponentially more data is generated and shared among organisations, partners and customers. This digital information has become the lifeblood of the interconnected business ecosystem and is increasingly valuable to organisations—and to skilled threat actors. Increasing digitisation also means companies are exposed to new digital vulnerabilities, making an effective approach to cybersecurity and digital trust more important than ever.

At PwC, we help our clients transform from value protectors to value creators by building trust, promoting resilience and enabling the business. We are here to help you transform your organisation and drive growth, while staying resilient and preparing for the unexpected.

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Your business priorities

Build trust

Transform how you create confidence across your business ecosystem - while being innovative, delivering value, and remaining competitive.

Promote resilience

Prepare, respond and emerge stronger from a disruptive event and protect the critical assets that support your employees, clients, business and reputation.

Securely enable the business

Build confidence in your cybersecurity to meet digital disruption head on, stay on top of threats and capture the benefits of digital transformation.

What we do

Business systems integration

You need an integrated and holistic approach to designing, deploying, operating and optimising your control environment. As the business system landscape changes with users moving seamlessly between in-house systems and cloud based web services and mobile applications, a comprehensive approach to business systems control becomes even more important.

You’ll benefit from our deep technical expertise of the business systems landscape, including a range of ERP, Cloud, EPM and GRC technologies, and extensive experience in defining and deploying risk and control frameworks. This is how we’ve been able to help address financial and operational risk for clients across a whole spectrum of processes and industries. Working across the entire control life-cycle, we’ll apply a “risk and controls” lens to your processes and system design, strengthen your overall design, and help you increase the reliability and maturity of your existing control environment in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

 

Cyber defence and detection

Organisations face many challenges when building cyber defence and detection capability. As cyber threats become more sophisticated, you need cyber security that not only protects your business today, but provides a resilient foundation for your longer term digital transformation. Our cyber defence and detection team provides innovative, data-led security, giving you enhanced protection and visibility into potential attacks.

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Cyber incident response and recovery

Any business can fall victim to a cyber incident or crisis. The organisations who respond and recover most quickly and successfully are those that have prepared in advance and have the expertise and structure to guide them through such exceptional circumstances. We provide both practical advice and operational hands-on expertise to prepare for and respond to a cyber incident, helping to ensure business continuity while any recovery efforts take place.

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Cybersecurity in mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

Cybersecurity can have a significant impact on business value across the lifecycle of an investment. Our deals team can provide clarity on the decisions that need to be taken at each stage of the process, helping identify and mitigate risks while maximising your return on investment.

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Cybersecurity risk advisory

To adapt and grow in a challenging environment, you need a transparent view of cyber risks that gives clarity on the decisions that matter. We can help you reduce cyber risk and build resilient operations by assessing your cyber security maturity and building a principles-based framework for governing cyber risk, while our data-driven approach to risk reporting ensures you continue to get actionable insights that support your business objectives.

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Cybersecurity transformation

Reducing cyber risk and costs can't come at the expense of building a business that is equipped to meet new challenges and opportunities. A cybersecurity transformation can help you reduce risk and improve operational resilience, so you can embrace digital with confidence.

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Digital and business resilience

Our reliance on technology to enable day-to-day activities has skyrocketed: we check into flights online, access hotel rooms with our mobiles, and do online banking. We don’t really think about it until something goes wrong. In the past, companies could be forgiven for occasional system interruptions. Not anymore. With so much of our lives dependent on technology, the ability to “keep the lights on” is becoming a business priority.

But organisations are challenged by the complexity of their IT services, with layers of infrastructure and multiple service and process interdependencies. And they face the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks. How can you gain a holistic view of the IT landscape and all your risks, and design the right governance and risk management processes to better manage the risk.

Our team will help you prepare for threats and disruptions as well as build your ability to effectively respond to a crisis. This will greatly influence the level of trust and ultimately your resilience in an ever-changing world.

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Digital risk

The concept of digital and technology risk is rapidly changing. Digital risk and the need to build digital trust should be treated as an enterprise risk for which boards need to develop a clear risk appetite (to suit their specific business circumstances), associated action plan and need to seek frequent assurance that risks are appropriately managed.

That assurance needs to take a different form in tomorrow’s digital world. Traditional IT risk and controls assessments are no longer appropriate. Assurance needs to take into account the connected and unproven nature of new technologies and the agile ways of working that are being used to deliver services.

We’ll help you identify a complete set of technology risks and to design the governance, risk management and resilience processes to better manage them. Being good at this will give you the confidence to embrace the next digital opportunity.

 

Operational technology cybersecurity

Cyber attacks on operational technology are becoming more complex and more prevalent. No matter what industry you’re in, we can help you get ahead of cyber threats, keep your operations running, and strengthen your cybersecurity for greater resilience in the future.

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Privacy

To what extent should data be gathered, analysed and used? The digital revolution has given companies the technologies to collect enormous amounts of data about consumers and employees. It’s also provided the analytical capabilities to create new knowledge and insights, affecting how this data is used. The public has been slow to realise just how much personal information companies are collecting and using. However, as they become more informed, managing and protecting privacy and data use will become an important barometer of how much companies are trusted by their wider stakeholders. Regulators in the Middle East and internationally are taking action to protect individuals.

As the privacy debate is reframed by digital disruption, organisations must look at which direction and to what extent they evolve their information governance strategies and capabilities, and ensure that the mechanisms chosen to balance competing interests are ones that generate trust and confidence amongst your stakeholders and in the general public.

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Analyst relations

Our Cybersecurity and Digital Trust practice has been recognised as an industry leader by two independent analysts.

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Contact us

Matthew White

Matthew White

Partner, Digital Trust Leader, PwC Middle East

Tel: +971 (0) 56 113 4205

Simone Vernacchia

Simone Vernacchia

Partner, Cybersecurity and Digital Infrastructure Lead, PwC Middle East

Tel: +971 4 304 3203

Imad Abuizz

Imad Abuizz

Partner, Digital and Technology Platform Leader, PwC Middle East

Tel: +966 504263478

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