Orange Business Services, the B2B services branch of French telecom group Orange, has acquired IT identity and security management company Atheos in an effort to strengthen its cyber defense capabilities.
Founded in 2002, Atheos currently employs 130 security experts who work with large French businesses to define, implement, and control their security strategies. Atheos’ unique offering will combine with OBS’s existing security competencies to form what will be known as “Orange Cyberdefense”.
This acquisition, according to OBS, will address two major corporate requirements: stronger access control and data-loss prevention policies; and proactive defense through the identification and analysis of security breaches, vulnerabilities, and “low-noise” attack signals, and on-site crisis management.
OBS, itself, has developed a comprehensive security strategies for 220 countries and territories, making it likely that Atheos’ services will be available throughout Europe and worldwide. In May 2013, OBS took its Infrastructure-as-a-Service “Flexible Computing” worldwide, offering it from North America and Asia data centers.
The security company acquisition could also play into the corporate identity and needs of parent company, Orange, which has emerged as a major supporter security and privacy. In the wake of a recent allegation that the NSA had secretly tapped an underwater cable it jointly owns with 15 other companies, Orange said it plans to take legal action.
Financial figures of the Atheos acquisition were not disclosed.