Airbus Defence and Space, a reference player in 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 escalating 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 a larger and more effective range of cyber security products, services and solutions.
By combining their respective expertise and R&D knowledge in Europe, the two partners will work on areas such as 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.
Evert Dudok, Executive Vice-President Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “This agreement 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.”