Orange acquires Atheos for global, Africa market

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Orange Business Services today, 9 January 2014, announced the acquisition of Atheos, becoming the largest European cyberdefense company and strengthening its position as a leading global player in advanced security services.

Mark McCallum, Johannesburg based Orange Business Services Head of Global Services for Africa says, “Managed security is vital to the African and South African market where we have a strong focus on the financial services and Mining verticals. Perimeter defence, Security and Identity management play a pertinent role in our clients’ businesses. We have a number of key customers in Africa to whom we have provided security services, from dedicated stand alone to fully managed security perimeter protection, and we will undoubtedly be offering our local clients the benefits of Orange Cyberdefense going forward.”

Founded in 2002, Atheos is a pioneer of IT identity and security management on the French market.

“We have constistently 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.

“In addition to Managed Security services, Orange Business Services also has a regionalised Professional Services organisation able to support and guide customers in the Assessment, Design, Implementation and ongoing Management of their Enterprise Security Services. We have a number of high profile regionally based customers to whom we are providing these services and it is a strong growth area for the regional business,” added McCallum.

Orange Business Services recently appointed Yannick Decaux as country manager for South Africa and sales director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Decaux is based in Johannesburg and is charged with driving the next phase of the company’s growth strategy within the Sub-Saharan region.

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