On 5 November Cassidian CyberSecurity, a subsidiary of Cassidian (EADS Group) and Fondation Télécom signed a strategic partnership agreement. The cyber security specialist will participate in the development and support of Fondation Télécom’s programmes, thus taking an active part in fostering innovation and the training of cyber security experts at the Telecom schools incorporated in the Institut Mines-Télécom.
Under this three-year agreement, Cassidian CyberSecurity – which attaches particular importance to promoting higher education and to research into information and communication science and technology – will support general-interest programmes offered by Fondation Télécom with regard to training, research, innovation and long-term planning, by providing them with additional resources to assist the telecommunications schools in their long-term international development on a lasting basis.
As a key player in the market for the security of government IT networks, critical infrastructure and strategic industries, Cassidian CyberSecurity is actively committed to training tomorrow’s cyber security experts.
For Jean-Michel Orozco, CEO of Cassidian CyberSecurity: “It is important for our company to be at the centre of considerations concerning the future of digital society. This partnership with Fondation Télécom reflects our commitment to boosting innovation and training tomorrow’s managers to the highest level. Fondation Télécom’s desire to become a world leader in Information and Communication Technologies is fully in line with the dynamics that drive Cassidian CyberSecurity. It is therefore completely natural that we would want to join forces in tackling these challenges of technology.”
The partnership strengthens the links already established with the Mines-Télécom Institute and its higher education establishments via targeted actions: student internships at Cassidian CyberSecurity, a joint Cyberdefence laboratory for Télécom SudParis and Télécom Bretagne, Cassidian CyberSecurity engineering courses at Télécom Paris Tech and Eurecom, etc.
In the words of Fondation Télécom’s President Guy Roussel, “The advent of such a major security systems player as Cassidian CyberSecurity brings additional digital expertise to the Foundation’s pool of partners in this area of great strategic importance to our activities. It will further enrich the quality of the programmes offered by the Fondation, keeping our schools and research laboratories at the cutting edge of global competition.”
Just like Astrium of the EADS Group, Cassidian CyberSecurity is joining several commercial partners already involved in Fondation Télécom such as Alcatel-Lucent, BNP Paribas, France Télécom-Orange, Google, SFR, Accenture, Sopra, CDC, etc.
About CASSIDIAN (www.cassidian.com)
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than 133,000.
About Cassidian CyberSecurity (www.cassidian.com)
Cassidian CyberSecurity, a 100% Cassidian company, is entirely devoted to addressing the cyber security market across Europe and the Middle East, operating in UK, France and Germany under the umbrella of a global cyber security organisation. Cassidian CyberSecurity’s activities aimed at protecting governments, national agencies, strategic industries and critical infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated threats. Cassidian CyberSecurity’s expertise includes “Cyber Defence & Professional Services” focusing on high-grade professional services and establishing Security Operation Centers; “Trusted infrastructure” aiming at cryptography, digital identity management and high-security national solutions, and “Secure Mobility”, enabling the supply of products and services for mobile device security (voice, data, applications). Cassidian CyberSecurity employs a workforce of over 400 people and devotes 20% of the company’s planned investment to R&D.
About the Fondation Télécom (www.fondation-telecom.org)
The Fondation Télécom is a foundation bringing together businesses and graduates who wish to work alongside the Institut Mines-Télécom in order to take up the new industrial, economic and societal challenges of the Digital Society and to support the Télécom schools in their development. It supports and finances the schools’ programs and projects initiated together with its partners (including the Founding Partners Alcatel Lucent, BNP Paribas, France Télécom-Orange, Google and SFR) in the areas of training (grants, open innovation program for students), research (financing for theses and post-doc research), innovation (support for start-ups) and forward planning (Digital Future Think Tank).
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