Monday, January 6, 2014

Orange Business Services acquires Atheos for CyberDefense

Orange Business Services has acquired Atheos, a cyberdefense company based in Paris, for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2002, Atheos is a pioneer of IT identity and security management on the French market. In particular, Atheos helps with the provisioning of stronger access control and data-loss prevention policies, as well as advanced identification of security breaches and vulnerabilities, the detection and analysis of "low-noise" attack signals, and on-site crisis management.  The company has approximately 130 employees.

Orange Business Services said the acquisition strengthens its position as a leading global player in advanced security services.  Atheos will be combined 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 government agencies," 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.