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Capstone Headwaters advises Revolutionary Security on its Sale to Accenture LLP

April 2020

Philadelphia, PA - Capstone Headwaters, a leading international investment banking firm, advised Revolutionary Security LLC (“RevSec” or “The Company”) on the sale of 100% of its membership interests to Accenture LLP. Ballard Spahr LLP served as legal counsel to the Company on the transaction and Venable LLP served as legal counsel to Accenture LLP. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Revolutionary Security’s portfolio of cybersecurity services includes assessment and testing, design and build of security programs and functions as well as security operations across its clients’ IT and OT systems. Revolutionary Security leverages proprietary technology and methods to help mature the security capabilities of its clients and manage risk. The company’s breach and attack simulation testing service, LiveFire®, utilizes real-world cyber threats to identify gaps in security processes and monitoring, as well as staff operations and technologies. The results help organizations prioritize actions to mitigate cyber risks within their enterprise.

Headquartered in the greater Philadelphia area, Revolutionary Security employs 90 highly skilled cybersecurity professionals throughout the United States. The company, founded in 2016, serves a variety of clients in the energy, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and communications industries. The acquisition will provide Accenture’s clients with greater end to end solutions, particularly regarding more complex IT and OT cybersecurity challenges. 

“The Capstone Headwaters Cyber team did an excellent job representing Revolutionary Security,” said CEO Richard Mahler. “Capstone’s industry experience, technical expertise, and unwavering commitment to exceeding expectations were key to our success. The team's attention to detail and problem solving allowed us to manage considerable deal complexities amidst an extraordinarily challenging market environment to deliver an outstanding result for both our equity holders and our employees.” 

“It has been a privilege to represent the extraordinary people of Revolutionary Security,” said Capstone Headwaters Managing Director David Brinkley. “In the span of a very short time, RevSec has established the leading consultancy on the front edge of critical IT and OT cybersecurity. The combination with Accenture will accelerate its adoption worldwide in exciting ways.” 

“The strategic fit could not be better as RevSec’s talented and experienced team will be highly additive to Accenture’s existing skill sets,” adds Capstone Headwaters Managing Director Tom McConnell.   “This combination will meaningfully contribute to stronger cybersecurity for leading organizations and critical infrastructure.”

 “The acquisition of Revolutionary Security is another demonstration of our continued commitment to invest in areas to keep our clients safe from cyber threats,” said Kelly Bissell, who leads Accenture Security globally. “Revolutionary Security’s service offerings are a perfect complement to Accenture’s portfolio, and the acquisition furthers our mission of helping clients better protect and defend their organizations across their entire ecosystem.”

“High-profile and targeted cyberattacks around the world are putting increased attention on critical IT and OT security risks, with potentially catastrophic consequences if systems are hijacked,” said Jim Guinn II, who leads Accenture’s cybersecurity business for the energy, utilities, chemical and mining industries. “Companies often lack the necessary visibility to manage and measure OT cyber risk in the same way as IT risk. Revolutionary Security’s extensive experience working with industrial companies and their specialized technical skill set will be incredibly valuable to our clients.” 

Mahler, added, “The opportunity to become part of Accenture Security will enable us to deliver more complete solutions to our clients and expand our services to even more clients globally. We’re excited to be joining a leading provider in cybersecurity services and look forward to working together to help clients solve their toughest challenges in IT and OT security.”

In March, Accenture agreed to acquire  Context Information Security, which is the latest in a series of acquisitions — including those of Symantec’s Cyber Security ServicesDeja vu Security, iDefense, Maglan, Redcore, Arismore, and FusionX — that demonstrate Accenture Security’s commitment to investing in and innovating advanced cybersecurity solutions. 

ABOUT ACCENTURE

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. Visit us at www.accenture.com
  
Accenture Security helps organizations build resilience from the inside out, so they can confidently focus on innovation and growth. Leveraging its global network of cybersecurity labs, deep industry understanding across client value chains and services that span the security lifecycle, Accenture helps organizations protect valuable assets, end-to-end. With services that include strategy and risk management, cyber defense, digital identity, application security and managed security, Accenture enables businesses around the world to defend against known sophisticated threats, and the unknown. Follow us @AccentureSecure on Twitter or visit us at www.accenture.com/security

ABOUT CAPSTONE HEADWATERS 

Capstone Headwaters is one of the largest and most active independent investment banking firms in the United States.  The firm has a rich 17+ year history of achieving extraordinary results for middle market entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, and creditors.  CSHW offers a fully integrated suite of corporate finance services, including merger & acquisition, debt & equity private placement, corporate restructuring, valuation & fairness opinion, and financial advisory services.  Headquartered in Boston and Denver, Capstone Headwaters has over 160 professionals across 17 offices in the U.S. and an international presence that includes over 450 professionals in 40 countries. With 16 dedicated industry groups, the firm delivers sector-specific expertise through large, cross-functional teams on a global basis. For more information, visit www.capstoneheadwaters.com

 

Industry Experience

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Cybersecurity

Lead Professionals

David Brinkley

Managing Director

Tom McConnell

Managing Director
“The Capstone Headwaters Cyber team did an excellent job representing Revolutionary Security. Capstone’s industry experience, technical expertise, and unwavering commitment to exceeding expectations were key to our success. The team’s attention to detail and problem solving allowed us to manage considerable deal complexities amidst an extraordinarily challenging market environment to deliver an outstanding result for both our equity holders and our employees.” 
Richard Mahler
CEO
Revolution Security