Applied Engineering Solutions, Inc., based in Greenville, S.C., sold its industrial cybersecurity business (aeCyberSolutions) to Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory (aeSolutions). With the aeCyberSolutions company’s well-tested frameworks, processes, and technology-enabled tools for industrial control systems / operational technology (ICS/OT) security, Deloitte’s existing cybersecurity capabilities will be enhanced. Professionals from aeCyberSolutions will be brought in as well, with extensive experience in industrial sector standards creation and risk advice services.

“Cyberattacks on industrial controls systems for critical infrastructure are increasingly sophisticated and far-reaching, making cyber resilience and regulatory compliance more important than ever. As industrial organizations digitally transform to adopt more emerging technologies like 5G, the Internet of Things, machine learning and artificial intelligence, our acquisition of the aeCyberSolutions business helps us to offer leading-edge ICS/OT technologies and related advisory services,” said Wendy Frank, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Cyber 5G and IoT leader and principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“Knowing our clients’ needs are only expanding, we’re aggressively growing our cyber practice to meet that need, aiming to bring innovative solutions as well as top industry executives with deep experience to help our clients achieve enhanced cyber resilience. Acquiring the aeCyberSolutions business’ highly certified, credentialed and experienced security professionals and tech-enabled solutions allows us to hyperscale our offerings to help clients advance their cybersecurity programs for the industrial sector and beyond,” said Deborah Golden, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Cyber and Strategic Risk leader and principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“Since 2014, our cyber services and solutions have helped industrial sector organizations meet their most pressing ICS/OT cybersecurity needs by providing corporate and plant-level assessments, remediation recommendations, program frameworks, and training. Joining Deloitte will enable us to scale the depth and breadth of our services, increasing our ability to help clients build more trustworthy, resilient and secure environments,” added John Cusimano, vice president of industrial cybersecurity for aeSolutions and incoming Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory managing director, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Deloitte’s sixth cyber purchase in 2021 is the aeCyberSolutions business, illustrating the firm’s commitment to aggressively growing services and improving capabilities that assist clients to solve a wide variety of cyber threats.