May 19, 2000
Announcing an upgrade to its online security portal, Ernst & Young is
clearly out in front of the big five when it comes to security consulting
services. Its newly expanded online portal, eSecurityOnline.Com, offers
a multitude of resources including newsgroups, mailing lists, vulnerability
and virus information, a listing of security service offerings, security
training, a library, and much more.
Though the big five were slow in climbing on the security bandwagon, Ernst
& Young has far more to offer than Andersen, KPMG, Deloitte, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
In fact, Ernst & Young's eSecurityOnline division is really competing
with the pure play security consultancies at this point. The other big
four have not organized their security offerings well enough to make them
visible and easily accessible. Recently there was a mass exodus of security
professionals from Deloitte to the new security startup @Stake. If security
management and resources reaches $1.6 billion by 2002 as IDC predicts,
there's a lot of marketshare out there waiting to be had.
An important part of security management is keeping up with the latest
news, advisories, tools, products, and vendor services. In particular,
it's important to keep up with the latest advisories and exploits faster
than cybervandals. Ernst & Young apparently understands the value in this
and has done a lot to catalog this information on their website. As far
as having an online Security Vulnerability Assessment goes, their
service is pricey. But then again if you're hiring one of the big five,
cost is usually not a concern.