Orange and Atos partner to ramp up smartphone security

19 February 2016 Consultancy.uk

Atos and Orange have agreed a strategic alliance aimed at jointly delivering secure smartphone services to clients and customers. Orange will provide a global network of customer demand, while Atos will bring in its Hoox secure smartphone offering. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

Cybersecurity is a going concern for consumers, business and governments. In the case of businesses, businesses secrets, as well as personal information, represent promising targets for rivals as well as other interested parties. The rise of Internet of Things (IoT), adding a range of devices onto corporate network, creates a range of new security threat vectors however, with the further growth of IoT likely to see the number of comprisable interfaces to the network increase.

In the case of smartphones, manufacturers and users are increasingly embracing applications  to bolster their security frontier. One system that deals with the security of smartphones is Hoox, software developed by Atos’ technology subsidiary Bull. Hoox is a professional native-security smartphone for professional users. The device provides an operating system and software that has a host of inbuilt security features, including encrypts voice and SMS data and all data stored or exchanged, and protects the applications. The offering is certified by the French IT Systems Security Agency ANSSI for the Restricted Distribution communication level.

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In a bid to improve its mobile security offerings, Atos and Bull have struck an alliance with Orange –with more than 157,000 employees across the globe and revenues of €39 billion one of the world’s largest telecommunications operators. Besides providing products and services to consumers, of which 200 million are mobile customers, the company also provides IT and telecommunications services to multinationals – under its Orange Business Services brand.

The two partners will work together to deliver a secure mobile terminal offering to the communications market. As part of the deal Orange Cyberdefense will become the privileged partner to offer Hoox, and related solutions, to its large customer base. Future services to be made available through the deal, are in development, and include the "Hoox App IOS and Android". The deal partnership spans Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Pierre Barnabé, COO Big Data & Security at Atos, says: "We are proud to associate our company with Orange Cyberdefense and reap the benefits of its powerful sales network as one of the leading telecommunications operators in the world. This partnership will enable us to enhance our development in the market of secured communications".

Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO at Orange Cyberdefense, comments: "This agreement with a major industrial player such as Atos enables us to offer the market's widest range of secure communications services. The partnership enhances our high-security services for mobile personnel exchanging sensitive information".

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”