Orange Business Services (OBS) has announced that it has acquired IT identity and security management firm Atheos to boost its cyber security credentials.
 
The acquisition of France-based Atheos will add “numerous large enterprise and telco customers” to OBS’ client list and a staff of 130 people, according to the operator.
 
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
 
OBS said it will incorporate Atheos's security expertise with its own under the banner of Orange CyberDefense.
 
“Through this acquisition, [OBS] 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 policies; and the detection and analysis of "low-noise" attack signals, and on-site crisis management,” OBS said in a statement.
 
Meanwhile, Thierry Bonhomme, Senior Executive Vice President at OBS, claimed that the company is now the “only European provider able to support companies implementing multidimensional protection strategies”.
 
The news builds on a deal that OBS made with Samsung in October. As part of a partnership that see the firms collaborate on developing tablets and services for the enterprise market, Samsung will integrate its KNOX ¬security solution into Orange's Mobile Device Management solution.
 
Across Europe, enterprise security is becoming an increasingly hot topic.
 
Last month, for example, Telefónica Digital unveiled a range of cyber security products for both the retail and enterprise markets following its acquisition of Eleven Paths.
 
In November, Deutsche Telekom announced plans for a secure “clean pipe” internet service for its business customers. 
 
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