Atos Tech Days: Preparing for the next cyber security frontier

Posted on: August 17, 2017 by Pierre Barnabé

As the dust settles on our second Atos Technology Days event, we’re honoured to have shared our vision for next generation security with over 200 respected analysts, media, partners, customers and staff. For our attendees, addressing a new cyber security frontier is more important than ever before. Petya is estimated to have cost businesses up to ten times the amount of WannaCry and we have less than a year to go until the GDPR legislation kicks in across Europe. The next mass-scale cyber-attack is imminent and businesses are crying out for more support from their suppliers and partners in the ever-evolving security landscape.

Following the launch of Bull Sequana at last year’s Technology Days, we introduced two distinct products that marge around one common theme: securing the data journey. These are the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (AQLM) and the Prescriptive Security Operations Center (SOC), which have been designed to help form the next generation in cyber security. In doing so, we’re using our own knowledge, IP and highly talented engineers to secure our post quantum future and protect our customers and citizens globally from a new kind of cyber-attack.

Simulating a post quantum future

As Robert S. Mueller, ex Director of the FBI once said: there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be hacked. This reality will become even more pressing with the arrival of quantum computing, a paradigm shift for computing power. With its advanced processing power, quantum computing has the potential to launch cyber-attacks on a truly terrifying scale, as a result of its ability to test all possible permutations simultaneously. We’re addressing this with the launch of the AQLM – the world’s first commercial quantum simulator, powered by a universal programming language. The ultra-compact super computer can reproduce the operations of a quantum computer, a real feat as quantum computing won’t be available for a number of years.

Quantum computing has the potential to better equip companies to manage the explosion of data brought about by big data and the IoT. With the help of the AQLM, innovations in this field can foster developments in deep learning, algorithms and artificial intelligence. Applications of this technology will have the potential to change security forever. For example, scientists predict that soon quantum cheques will be in use to create a forgery free way to move money.

Unveiling the AQLM has made quantum computing tangible. This will be a breakthrough compared to classic binary technology but we need to prepare security professionals and industry experts for this new world of advanced cyber-security. The technology powering the AQLM will help to solve this by enabling companies and research facilities to develop and test quantum applications and algorithms that are yet to exist.

Needless to say, it’s not just cyber security that the AQLM can be used for. Its use as a quantum emulator for the scientific community will enable teams of researchers, scientists and organisations to explore computing and analytics applied to all domains – the possibilities really are endless!

Streamlining prevention technology

According to NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, Europe will invest in defence at the fastest rate for three years in 2017. A large portion of this will be dedicated to protecting against the rising cyber security threat but companies will also have to consider the rising cost of security if they fail to abide by the new GDPR regulation. With GDPR penalties set to cost businesses up to €20,000,000 or 4% of global annual turnover, prevention technology is paramount to helping European businesses offset these costs.

To address this, Technology Days also saw the arrival of the prescriptive SOC, a technology that will enable customers to predict security threats before they even occur. Its unique AI technology continuously learns from previous threats and manages to orchestrate automated responses in real-time. By combining big data, security analytics and supercomputing, IT teams will feel better prepared to prevent an imminent attack, stopping criminals in their tracks.

Finding a quantum safe solution

As the quantum future draws closer, we will continue to focus on the development of extreme computing. Our success in this area to date has been generated by our highly intelligent and forward-thinking employees across our international network of labs and R&D centres.

From discussions on the show floor, it’s clear that our focus should remain on developing our big data, computing and security expertise. By the time Technology Days 2018 comes around, we aspire to build a HPC that’s more independent and evolving towards exascale for a quantum safe solution… watch this space!

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About Pierre Barnabé
Senior Executive Vice-President, Head of Big Data & Cybersecurity
Pierre Barnabé is Senior Executive Vice-President, Head of the Global Division Big Data & Cybersecurity within the Group Atos, following the successful merger of Bull with Atos. He is also in charge of the Security for the Atos Group. He joined Bull in August 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Pierre was General Manager of SFR Business team. He began his career in the venture capital department of Thalès. In 1998, he joined Alcatel Lucent with various successful sales positions (Vice President Sales France, Vice President Sales South Europe) before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel Lucent France then Group Executive Vice President Human Resources & Transformation. Knight of the French National Order of Merit, Pierre Barnabé is graduated from NEOMA Business School and from CentraleSupélec.