Capgemini launches global Cyber Security practice

23 February 2015 4 min. read

Capgemini is planning to bundle all of its expertise in cyber security in a new Global Service Line. For this Capgemini will bring together 2,500 of its global cyber security experts, including consultants, auditors, architects, R&D specialists and white cap hackers. The new portfolio of security services offers itself to organisation that want to undergo digital transformation of organisation in a safe manner, and are looking to take advantage of advantages SMACT-technology – Social, mobile, analytics, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) – offer.

Cyber security becomes a priority
With more and more sensitive information stored online, cyber security has been touted as one of the biggest risks a business faces in 2015. IT services provider Capgemini has been following developments within the market, finding an ever increasing level of cyber security and increasing mitigation costs: “Between 2013 and 2014, there was a 120 per cent increase in the number of cyber-attacks globally, while the estimated cost of cyber-crime to the average organisation increased 10 per cent to $7.6 million per year. With hackers now having a significantly better understanding of the systems they are targeting, their increased precision represents a serious threat to organisations with potential financial, reputational and safety implications”, according to Capgemini.

Capgemini launches global Cyber Security practice

Cyber Security Service Line
To further improve their cyber security offering to firms, Capgemini has launched a new global Cyber Security Service Line. This separate service line directs itself toward securing IT systems, operational technology, and IoT products and infrastructure. From recently published research by Capgemini Consulting, focusing on the suppliers of IoT-technology, it became clear that IoT developers need to better consider security and privacy in their products. Only 33% of the respondents to the survey are of the opinion that their product is very well equipped to deal with the cyber security threats of the future. While 70% of respondents agree that ‘concern over security’ will influence consumer choice in the purchase of a IoT- product.

The newly founded Global Service Line will also be looking to deliver new services that can be offered simultaneously in a number of different countries, services including, Hadoop security, software-defined data centre security, and security-services for both private and public hybrid clouds. There are also further service in the pipeline, including Application Security Testing as-a-Service and Identity- and Access Management as-a-Service, with which organisation can deploy a Cloud based approach to the delivery of security solutions.

Top Security Threats to IoT Products

Consolidated services
Capgemini emphasises the completeness of the new services portfolio: “We are developing a full portfolio of cyber-security services to enable organisations to protect themselves against cyber-attacks and internal malicious behaviour for IT, industrial systems and IoT products," says Franck Greverie, Global head of Cyber-security for the firm. "To many executives cyber-security is a mystery, which is often why it is an afterthought. The increasing number of external interfaces means that enterprise data is more accessible and therefore more prone to attack. Capgemini's new consolidated offer will enable organisations to embed security at the beginning of their digital transformation journey, covering the cyber-security spectrum from the infrastructure and endpoints right through to the protection of applications, users and data."

In these ways Capgemini’s cyber-security services are directed toward the protection of users, applications and endpoints (including workstations, smart-phones, tablets, sensors and other devices), infrastructure (storage, networks and virtualisation) and data. Further services include: Security consulting & audit services (the carrying out of security assessments, the development of cyber-security roadmaps, the delivery of operational security consulting and security audits such as penetration testing and forensic investigation), the development and building of security service that protect IT systems, industrial systems and IoT systems, and finally 24/7 Security Monitoring.