Bending diversity into mission: Accenture cybersecurity’s evolution into ‘the new’

With views of the Washington Monument, the Pentagon and Washington National Cathedral, Accenture’s (NYSE: ACN) recently opened Cyber Fusion Center (CFC) in Rosslyn, Va., reflects its neighbors’ sense of mission and culture. With distinct but collaborative teams, the CFC provides Accenture three opportunities. First, the center allows Accenture to work collaboratively with clients on business issues and risks tied to cybersecurity. Second, the CFC brings together diverse talent, allows for the cross-pollination of skills and expertise, and emboldens an esprit de corps among the in-house cyber talent. Finally, the CFC facilitates innovation the Accenture way: intentional, with a three-year outlook, and always moving toward scale.

JEDI is the force leading AWS’ charge into the U.S. Department of Defense

Central governments, even more than the largest commercial enterprises, struggle to keep pace with the current rate of technological change. Many times, major decisions do not occur proactively, but rather are made in response to gaps in capabilities that become matters of national security. The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract indicates the DOD finds itself in that very position, spurred by a need to address technology gaps resulting from a decades-long lapse in investment that started with the end of the Cold War. Since that time, near-peer rivals such as Russia and China have developed advanced capabilities in anti-access/area denial electronic warfare, state-sponsored cyber, and other technologies that make space and cyberspace contested warfare domains, eroding the U.S.’ traditional advantages in unassailable power projection on a global scale and increasing its vulnerability.