Ernst & Young’s member firm in Israel — Kost, Forer, Gabbay & Associates — has acquired the professional services arm of Hacktics Ltd., an Israel-based security organization that protects against cyberspace attacks.

The acquisition represents another step in the expansion of services provided by Ernst & Young’s Information Technology Risk & Assurance practices worldwide. Ernst & Young information security practice aims to help CIOs and corporate security leaders understand the impact of security problems that can arise due to technologies such as mobile devices, cloud computing and social networks.

“We are pleased to welcome the Hacktics professional service practitioners into our Advanced Security Centers, where we will work together to provide clients with information security strategies that help them navigate today’s borderless world,” said Bernie Wedge, leader of the Americas ITRA practice at Ernst & Young. “Our ASC employees think like hackers when it comes to breaches in information security — and use that level of knowledge to help determine the potential impact of a security breach as well as pinpoint where the core business of the organization may be harmed. The Hacktics team will be a great asset to our services, particularly due to their focus on Web application security testing, which is currently high in demand.”

The Hacktics professionals will join the Israeli ITRA practice as part of the Advanced Security Centers that Ernst & Young firms have established across the globe. This addition expands Ernst & Young’s ability to provide attack-and-penetration security testing, up-to-date knowledge about offensive methods used by attackers, and 24-hour support in each hemisphere.

Founded in Israel in 2004, Hacktics has served more than 250 global corporations. For more information, visit www.hacktics.com.

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