Atos acquires sustainability consultancy and cybersecurity firm

28 July 2020 Consultancy.uk

Global IT services firm Atos has acquired two companies in its home market of France: EcoAct and digital.security.

EcoAct is a sustainability and climate change consulting firm with around 150 employees across offices in France (headquarter), the United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, the United States and Kenya. The firm was founded in 2005 in Paris, and has since grown its roster of clients to over 400, spanning corporates, governments and large utility players. 

“The acquisition of EcoAct is a major addition to our decarbonisation offering, reinforcing our ability to serve as a comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop’ for such solutions globally,” said Elie Girard, the CEO of Atos. “Combining the leading position of EcoAct in climate strategy consultancy and offset project development with our decarbonisation portfolio of solutions and services and our go-to-market will step-change our customers’ journeys to net zero.”

EcoAct will maintain its own brand and continue to be led by co-founders Thierry Fornasand Gerald Maradan. Organisationally, the consultancy becomes part of Atos’ consulting division, Atos Consulting. As part of the integration, the two companies will launch a Decarbonisation Excellence Centre in Paris, France.

Atos acquires sustainability consultancy and cybersecurity firm

Meanwhile, in the cybersecurity landscape, Atos has acquired digital.security, a subsidiary of Econocom group. The move adds a team of 250 cybersecurity consultants in France and the Benelux to its ranks, consolidating its position as one of Europe’s leading cybersecurity advisors and managed services providers. 

Alongside cybersecurity services, digital.security – founded in 2015 by Jean-Claude Tapia – specialises in internet of things security, providing a range of professional services including implementation and project services, compliance and security certifications, operational services and product distribution. The firm generates most of its fee income in the financial services industry.

“The acquisition of digital.security strengthens the Atos team and will double our cybersecurity resources in France [where it now has 500 cybersecurity consultants]. Combining our expertise and services creates an unrivaled player in the digital security market, and will benefit our employees and our customers,” said Pierre Barnabé, Senior Executive Vice-President and Head of Big Data & Cybersecurity at Atos. 

The bolt-ons come one month after Atos acquired Alia Consulting, a French IT consulting firm specialised in SAP services to companies in the energy & utilities industry. Earlier, in April, Atos bought US-based Miner & Kasch, a data science consultancy.

Atos is a €12 billion technology and consulting group with 110,000 employees globally.


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