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Grant Thornton celebrates expansion in Vienna

New business consulting service area

Vienna (OTS) - On Thursday, November 3, 2016, more than a hundred guests accepted Grant Thornton's invitation to a celebratory event at Erste Campus in Vienna. The occasion was the expansion of the services with a focus on management consulting.

Walter Platzer, Managing Partner of Grant Thornton in Austria, welcomed the guests: “As a large auditing and tax consulting company, we were able to close the gap in the advisory area. This expansion gives our group a new dimension. ”It was possible to find an experienced, competent team for the new location in Linz. "The success of the first few months proves that we are on the right track," said Walter Platzer. “This is not a purely Austrian event. We are part of an international network, ”said Platzer. This was also reflected in the guest list: The risk advisory specialists Ludo Block and Mark Hoekstra, both partners at Grant Thornton Netherlands, paid their respects to the Austrian team for this expansion step.

Ewald Kager and Georg Beham, both partners in advisory at the new location in Linz, emphasized the importance of the factors people and technology in management consulting and thus also the importance of security, compliance and risk. “At the end of the day, it's all about safety. Namely, what security means and how easily security can be created, ”says Ewald Kager.
As a graduate of the military academy, security is in his DNA, says Kager.

Whether it is drones for parcel delivery or for monitoring parking spaces - Grant Thornton is already equipped today for the technologies of tomorrow: “We are tech-savvy and can track down potential for digitization. With our crisis managers, forensic experts and data protection experts, we are the "fire brigade" in a hacker attack. We can assess the damage and are your information security professional in order to prevent hacks in advance, ”says Georg Beham, explaining the competencies of Grant Thornton Advisory.

In his exciting and entertaining lecture, AUA pilot Capt. Hans Härting on how aviation knowledge with regard to safety and compliance can be used for all companies. Härting focused on the human factor. Around 80 percent of plane crashes are due to "non-technical skills". “The mistake is the rule, not the exception”. Cooperation, leadership, communication as well as situation awareness and stress management are qualities that have to be taught. Checklists, for example, are considered “not cool” - especially for middle-aged men - but, like the two-eyes principle, they help to avoid errors. Last but not least, the aggravating social factor should be taken into account: If the management or team members react to supposedly stupid questions or suggestions with ridicule, employees fall silent - which can again lead to a source of error.

During the social networking that followed, a lot of information was served in addition to culinary delicacies: The experts from Grant Thornton presented their special equipment for computer and mobile forensics as well as modern methods of data analysis such as process mining. The advisory topics of data-driven process analysis, cyber security, forensics and data protection were clearly explained to the guests: Process analysis expert Michael Huemer gave insights into how to make data “meaningful” to ensure that processes actually run as planned. Expert Helmut Greunz pointed out the importance of a targeted IT strategy geared towards corporate success. IT forensics expert Roland Pucher explained that data from hard drives and cell phones can be made visible and in the event of malware or data theft by employees, the "case" can be solved using "CSI methods". At the information stand for cyber security, expert Peter Kleebauer showed what is important in this area: “It's about information security and data protection. In the quick check we look at where the risks and the 'crown jewels' lie in the company and set the priorities accordingly. "

To prevent hackers from taking over the webcam and spying on users, all guests received a webcam cover as a gift - as a "first aid measure" so to speak.

Seen at the Grant Thornton Unitreu Advisory event:
Mag. Dr. Michael Pachinger, lawyer at Pachinger, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner, Thomas Merk, Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG, Jürgen Gaechter, Sales Director at Brainloop Austria, r. Eberhard Wallentin, Kunz Schima Wallentin Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Johannes Zink, lawyer at Held Berdnik Astner & Partner; Martin Schwarzbartl, Chief Compliance Officer at ÖBB Holding AG, Thomas Danninger, Head of Security and Compliance at Erste Group IT International GmbH; and much more

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