|[January 06, 2014]
Orange Business Services Acquires Atheos to Strengthen its Position as a Leading Global "Cyberdefense" Player
PARIS --(Business Wire)--
Orange (News - Alert) Business Services today announced the acquisition of Atheos,
becoming the largest European cyberdefense company and strengthening its
position as a leading global player in advanced security services.
Founded in 2002, Atheos is a pioneer of IT identity and security
management on the French market. With 130 experts in cybersecurity,
Atheos works with large French businesses to define, implement, and
control their security strategies.
Orange Business Services (News - Alert), a global leader in corporate security
services, has developed a comprehensive security strategy through
managed and integrated security solutions in 220 countries and
territories - protecting both infrastructure and users. Orange's eight
Security Operations Centers (SOC) around the world monitor these
solutions 24/7. Through this acquisition, Orange Business Services will
significantly strengthen its offering by addressing two key requirements
in today's corporate environment:
the provision of stronger access control and data-loss prevention
proactive cyberdefense through: the advanced identification of
security breaches and vulnerabilities, the detection and analysis of
"low-noise" attack signals, and on-site crisis management.
The unique expertise of Atheos will combine with the existing
competencies of Orange Business Services in security under a new common
banner: Orange CyberDefense.
"We have consistently recorded strong growth since our
incorporation in 2002. By joining Orange Business Services, we will
benefit from its unique expertise of critical infrastructure to take us
to the next level. Orange CyberDefense offers a credible response to the
security requirements of large companies and governmentagencies,"
said Michel Van Den Berghe, General Manager and founder of Atheos.
"We are very excited to welcome the teams from Atheos; their
high level of expertise and proven methods clearly add value to our
services portfolio. Security is a critical concern for our customers,
which means that the provision of robust security services has now
become a strategic priority for Orange Business Services. With this
acquisition, we are now the only European provider able to support
companies implementing multidimensional protection strategies, and this
significantly reinforces our commitment to customers to support them, as
a trusted partner, in an increasingly digital world," added Thierry
Bonhomme, Senior Executive Vice President, Orange Business Services.
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services,
is a leading global integrator of communications solutions for
multinational corporations. With the world's largest, seamless network
for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and
territories with local support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package
of communication services covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility,
M2M, security, unified communications, videoconferencing, and broadband,
Orange Business Services delivers a best-in-class customer experience
across a global landscape. Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4
million mobile data users rely on an Orange Business Services
international platform for communicating and conducting business. Orange
Business Services was awarded four of the telecom industry's highest
accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2013 - Best Global
Operator, Best Cloud Service, Best Enterprise Service and Best Small
Business Service. Orange Business Services is a seven-time winner of
Best Global Operator. Learn more at www.orange-business.com
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Orange is one of the world's leading telecommunications operators with
annual sales of €43.5 billion in 2012 and has 166,000 employees
worldwide at Sept. 30, 2013. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris
(symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this
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