Press release

12 Apr 2021 Dubai, AE

EY recognized as a GCC leader in professional security services by IDC

Dubai, 31 March 2021. EY has been named a leader in professional security services in the GCC region by IDC MarketScape.

Press contact
Lamice Murshid

EY MENA Brand, Marketing and Communications Leader

Brand and communications strategist. Imaginative storyteller. Believer in of the power of diversity as a key ingredient of creativity and innovation. Adventurous travel partner. Loving mother.

EY has been named a Leader in Professional Security Services in the GCC region by the IDC MarketScape. 

The report is based on a comprehensive framework assessing 20 providers in the regional professional security services market on their current capabilities and future strategies in addressing the cybersecurity challenges faced by end-user organizations across the region.

According to the IDC MarketScape: GCC Professional Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment, “EY has been able to create one of the largest teams of cybersecurity professionals in the region. Alongside the company's history of cybersecurity consulting worldwide and its partnerships with local and global technology and services players, this SOC makes EY one of the strongest cybersecurity services providers in the region. The company has invested in developing local talent and creating a large staff of cybersecurity professionals who are bilingual (in Arabic and English) and are nationals of GCC countries, which gives EY an added advantage in driving customer relations and satisfaction.”1

Wasim Khan, EY MENA Consulting Leader, says:

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by the IDC MarketScape as a GCC Leader in Professional Security Services. The diversity, depth and breadth of our team are a testament to our dedication to supporting security practices in the GCC region. The COVID-19 pandemic fast-tracked digitalization across all sectors, leaving no room for security uncertainty. Our broad cyber consulting portfolio which includes managed security services, have been crucial to executing critical turnkey programs quickly and efficiently for our clients in uncertain times.”

Clinton Firth, EY Africa, India and Middle East Cybersecurity Leader, says:

“The EY Cybersecurity team is very happy for recognition of the hard work over the years to build a world leading practice in the GCC, that is absolutely focused and driven to solve the most complex issues that our clients face. We will continue to invest and grow our cybersecurity business from strength to strength with the right professionals and assets to solely serve the continuing client demand; all in the face of the ever-increasing cybersecurity threats our client face.”

Varun Kukreja, Senior Program Manager at IDC, says:

“Though EY has been a critical Digital Transformation player in the region for more than a decade, their Cybersecurity practice has been pivotal in differentiating itself in almost all facets of portfolio offerings. More so, EY cybersecurity team dedicates itself towards co-innovating with their client base and taking problem solving to an elevated level."

EY continues to expand its security offerings, talents, and investments in the five core competencies of: strategy, risk, compliance, and resilience; data protection and privacy; identity and access management; architecture, engineering, and emerging tech; and next-gen security operations and response.

To learn more about EY Consulting, visit

To view the report visit,

1IDC MarketScape: GCC Professional Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment, IDC #META47033220, December 2020


Notes to Editors

About IDC MarketScape

IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About EY

EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets.

Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.

Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available via EY member firms do not practice law where prohibited by local laws. For more information about our organization, please visit

The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 97 years, we have grown to over 7,500 people united across 21 offices and 16 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region.

This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients.

© 2021 EYGM Limited.
All Rights Reserved.

This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as accounting, tax, legal or other professional advice. Please refer to your advisors for specific advice.