“Atos and Airbus Defence and Space sign a strategic agreement in the field of cyber security”

Paris, 28 September 2015

A full range of security solutions to be built around the complementary portfolios of the two companies

E. Dudok - Airbus and P. Vannier - Atos

Airbus Defence and Space, a reference player on the cyber security market in Europe, and Atos, an international leader in digital services, have agreed to join forces in response to the growing demand for cyber security solutions. The two companies have signed a strategic partnership agreement on research and development and the provision of a complementary range of products, services and solutions designed to counteract cyber-attacks.

 

Today, organisations are targeted by an increasing number of sophisticated attacks designed to steal sensitive information or intellectual property from them or to disrupt their operations. In this context, the security needs of organisations are skyrocketing and require the most innovative security solutions.

 

To address this demand, Airbus Defence and Space and Atos – which benefits from the security expertise of Bull – have decided to complement their portfolios in order to provide larger and more effective range of cybersecurity products, services and solutions.

 

By combining their respective expertise and research and development knowledge in Europe, the two partners will for example work on the development of security solutions for extended enterprises (group, subsidiaries and supply chain).

 

The partnership includes a worldwide distribution channel partner agreement. It addresses a broad range of businesses and industries including banking and insurance as well as the public sector, notably the defence market. Together, Atos and Airbus Defence and Space will have the opportunity to better benefit from the growing cyber security market estimated to be worth $84 billion by 2016[1].

 

Evert Dudok, Executive Vice-President Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS) at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “The agreement signed with Atos paves the way for a highly innovative business model. Putting together our expertise will enhance our cyber security offer for governments, critical infrastructure and strategic industries and will also ensure a strong growth potential thanks to the international presence of Atos.”

 

“This partnership with Airbus Defence and Space is a source of great pride for Atos. It is integral to our cybersecurity strategy. By combining our forces, we come up with more innovation to continually improve the protection of our customer‘s infrastructures. It is also a great source of satisfaction to be able to expand our range and give our customers access to a portfolio of solutions that is unique in Europe, including the security expertise of Airbus Defence and Space in the defence sector,” explains Philippe Vannier, Executive Vice-President Big Data & Security and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Atos.

About Airbus Defence and Space

 

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe's number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.

 

For more information: www.airbusdefenceandspace.com

About Bull, Atos technologies for the digital transformation

 

Bull is the Atos brand for its technology products and software, which are today distributed in over 50 countries worldwide. With a rich heritage of over 80 years of technological innovation, 2,000 patents and a 700 strong R&D team supported by the Atos Scientific Community, it offers products and value-added software to assist clients in their digital transformation, specifically in the areas of Big Data and cyber security.

 

Bull is the European leader in High Performance Computing (HPC) and its products include bullx, the energy-efficient supercomputer that is based on a system patented by the company; bullion, one of the most powerful x86 servers in the world developed to meet the challenges of Big Data; Evidian, the software security solutions for identity and access management; Trustway, the hardware security module (HSM), and Hoox, the ultra-secure smartphone. 

 

For more information:www.bull.com

About Atos

 

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2014 pro forma annual revenue of €11 billion and 93,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

 

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

Press Contacts:

 

Airbus Defence and Space

Nelly Tartivel
+33 (0)1 61 38 70 60
nelly.tartivel@airbus.com

 

Atos

Aurélie Negro
+33 (0)4 42 24 64 24
aurelie.negro@atos.net

[1] Source Gartner Mai 2014