DNV creates European cyber security services powerhouse through merger with Nixu and Applied Risk

Press release, February 12, 2024, 11:30 EET

DNV, the global assurance and risk management provider, has created one of Europe’s fastest-growing cyber security services businesses by merging its existing cyber security business with two recently acquired companies – Nixu and Applied Risk.

The merger brings together more than 500 cyber security experts to safeguard demanding IT and industrial control system environments across multiple industries. It follows DNV’s acquisition of Amsterdam-based industrial cyber security specialist Applied Risk in 2021, and the conclusion of DNV’s acquisition of Helsinki-headquartered cyber security services leader Nixu in December 2023.

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV
Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV

“Cyber security is a defining risk for the coming decade. Cyber risks can have huge safety, reliability, environmental and financial impacts and threaten the functioning of our societies. This merger combines Nixu’s broad portfolio of IT and managed cyber security services, Applied Risk’s leading position in securing industrial control systems, and DNV’s domain expertise in critical infrastructure industries. Together, we have created a business that delivers on all aspects of our customers’ cyber security needs and prepares us for significant future growth," said Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV.

Nixu CEO Teemu Salmi has been appointed to lead the combined business, which will adopt the brand name DNV Cyber from mid-2024. Operating from offices in 11 countries, the business provides an enhanced portfolio of consulting and managed cyber security services.

Teemu Salmi, CEO of DNV’s new cyber security services business
Teemu Salmi, CEO of DNV’s new cyber security services business

“We are on a united mission to become the most customer-centric cyber security services business in Europe. Enabling this are the exceptional people who make up our business and deliver value to our customers. This is the place where cyber security professionals will grow and make a difference. And it is where businesses across the world will seek the trustworthy technical expertise they need to enhance safety and resilience in an era of rising digital risk, geopolitical uncertainty and tightening regulation,” said Teemu Salmi, CEO of DNV’s new cyber security services business.

DNV and Nixu have also combined their management systems certification businesses, increasing the capacity to provide information security certification and training services. These include information security management systems certification (ISO/IEC 27001), national security assessments, CSA STAR cloud service certifications, payment card industry (PCI) security assessments, and healthcare information system security assessments.

The merged cyber security services business will partner with customers and the security community to drive innovation and industry best practices. It will benefit from DNV’s long-term commitment to research and innovation, in which five per cent of the company’s revenue is reinvested into research and development programmes.

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Anniina Hautakoski
Communications Specialist
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About DNV
DNV is an independent assurance and risk management provider, operating in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of safeguarding life, property, and the environment. As a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful organizations, we help seize opportunities and tackle the risks arising from global transformations. We use our broad experience and deep expertise to advance safety and sustainable performance, set industry standards, and inspire and invent solutions.

For more information, visit: www.dnv.com

About Nixu
Nixu, a DNV company, is a trusted cyber security services partner. We help our customers ensure business resilience with peace of mind across multiple industries, enabled by some of the best cyber security professionals in Europe. 

For more information, visit www.nixu.com

About Applied Risk
As a trusted partner for industrial cyber security, Applied Risk is driven to safeguard the critical infrastructure our society depends on. Combining cyber security knowledge and experience in operational technology, Applied Risk provides tailored solutions that assist asset owners, system integrators and suppliers to develop, deploy and maintain cyber-resilient operations. Based in The Netherlands, Applied Risk operates on a global scale, helping protect industries such as oil and gas, power, water management, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime and transport. 

For more information, visit: www.applied-risk.com