French cybersecurity firms increasingly successful in fast-growing market

UBIFRANCE - 30-juil.-2014 10:35:56

French cybersecurity firms increasingly successful in fast-growing market Interview : Thibaut Barde, UBIFRANCE’s Project Manager for Digital Trust & Cyber Security, In 2013, there was a 12% year-on-year rise in cybersecurity attacks, with nearly 60% of them causing either brand damage or direct revenue loss to businesses. This, coupled with highly publicized commercial and government breaches of IT security, has increased the demand for cybersecurity services. French companies are strongly placed in this growing market and their advanced solutions are in demand. The 12% year-on-year increase in cybersecurity attacks that affected businesses in 2013 (Source: IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index), regrettable as it may be, translates into the fact that the IT-security sector is experiencing sustained growth in this segment of the market. High-profile cases, such as the cyber-attacks on US retail chain Target, have raised awareness among business executives. While US-based and British companies dominate current business in this sector, client entities are looking for alternatives in order to alleviate their worries of government intrusion. In this respect, French specialist companies are a strong contender in the eyes of many professionals and executives working for SMEs and start-ups, but also at established, larger groups: these clients are leveraging the French know-how stemming from top R&D centres and universities. In 2013, the French cybersecurity sector was valued at more than $2 billion. The French network-security sector offers a wide range of services, including B2B IT solutions meeting strategic challenges, and comprises many world champions such as Atos, Orange, Sogeti, Bull, Cassidian and the cybersecurity division at Thales. Thanks to their advanced technical research laboratories, more particularly in cryptology and encryption, French players are recognized worldwide.  According to Thibaut Barde, UBIFRANCE’s Project Manager for Digital Trust & Cyber Security, “The reason for cutting-edge technology [thriving in France] is the quality of French universities in the field of engineering, which is known globally.  Research laboratories associated with these universities train the best engineers of tomorrow.” Secure IC SAS is a shining example of a company that has been working with top graduates having come out of the French educational system in order to become a thought leader in cybersecurity. Its platforms provide the highest level of security on a client entity’s embedded systems, preventing hacking and reverse engineering as well as protecting intellectual property and proprietary data. In 2013, Secure IC SAS won a Sesame Award for innovation in the manufacturing and testing of IT products. French start-ups and SMEs have developed out of a strong domestic talent pool and many have decided to join forces under the HexaTrust label, which regroups 20 hi-tech SMEs that are keen to offer a co-ordinated, total service package to their clients.  These software vendors and integrators provide a full range of products and services dedicated to the protection of the critical infrastructure of businesses and institutions from cyber-attacks. The HexaTrust umbrella group’s portfolio of current and potential clients is diverse and growing, including businesses and public-sector agencies of all sizes. Due to the dramatic increase in the level of sophistication and intensity of cyber-attacks, public- and private-sector investment in cybersecurity is growing fast and is expected to rise by nearly 10% per year between now and 2017. This trend illustrates the promising opportunities that exist for a large business looking for a new market, or for a dynamic SME scaling up a new product. Thibaut Barde of UBIFRANCE Paris explains that, “France’s distance from recent scandals [involving the international and covert collection of data by various government agencies, as revealed in the media] is favourable for French players since awareness on the use of data takes place at a global level. This has helped to build the profile of the industry and has generated increasing concerns for [the security of] personal data, which is a real asset for the French in particular: it is important when it comes to data-storage companies, among others.” Many French companies in the sector are choosing to develop an international business outlook. French players have strong opportunities to seize in this market thanks to their technological expertise, combined with the diversity of products and services they can offer. UBIFRANCE is here to help, with a strong presence at next year’s Infosecurity Europe trade event, where there will be as many as 15 French companies looking to expand their presence into the British market and other European markets. Infosecurity Europe will take place from 2 to 4 June 2015 at the Olympia exhibition centre, in central London (UK). For further information about the trade show, please go to:  http://www.infosec.co.uk/ For further information about UBIFRANCE, please go to:  http://www.ubifrance.com/ Further information about French companies: > Electronics and IT > Telecommunications and Space  

Romeo, the humanoid robot "Made in France" finally revealed

Celine Chevreux - 03-avr.-2014 11:53:00

The robotics exhibition, held in March in Lyon, was one of the most awaited times for Innorobo. For the first time, the French company Aldebaran Robotics showed Romeo, this 1,40 meter humanoid described as " a true companion and personal assistant " for the elderly. The android is able to walk, to see in three dimensions and to talk. With its 40 kg, the carbon fiber and rubber robot will soon be able to open doors and to place objects on a table. Developed since 2009, the project is structured around “Cap Robotique”, an organisation of 21 companies within the “Cap Digital” cluster. Over the last five years, Romeo has seen its capabilities and features increased. Scientists have worked on its ability to recognise objects, but Romeo still takes time to identify them. In nursing homes in 2017-2019 Romeo can have short conversations from information collected on Linkedin, Google Contact and Google Calendar applications. Then, the robot can use the biography, relationships and agenda of his interlocutors to carry out discussions. Work has also been done on Romeo’s emotional interaction; the robot should be able to tell which behaviour to adopt depending on the situation. At the moment, only four European laboratories have acquired the first prototypes. The project should end in the coming months. The company Aldebaran Robotics will have its humanoid tested under real conditions in 2016 before introducing it in retirement homes around 2017 to 2019.   Designed to secure patients The final goal is for Romeo to assist the elderly. Ultimately, it will be able to write down the appointments of his interlocutor, remind him to buy milk before going shopping or help him to eat. Romeo will be able as well to read his interlocutor’s prescription and may remind him the medication dosage. And if the robot is worried about the condition of his patient, he will be able to contact the hotline center that will take control of the humanoid to assess the situation. Source : Le Figaro, 18/03/2014

Creation of a French cybersecurity and digital trust alliance

Benjamin Carnec - 03-oct.-2013 13:39:31

12 innovative French SMEs have created a digital trust alliance called HexaTrust. Representatives of French excellence in innovative solutions, these software vendors and Integrators have come together to provide a full range of efficient and consistent products and services dedicated to the security of critical infrastructures. This combination meets the needs of enterprises, administrations, public and private organizations of all sizes, keen to receive European and French innovative offers, covering all their IT security needs. Building on their presence on the European market, HexaTrust members also want to accelerate their international development by sharing their experience, their networks and means of access to global markets. The 12 companies involved in is centre of excellence are Wallix, Keynectis, Opentrust, Deny All, Ilex, Netheos, Sistech, inWebo, Olfeo, Brainwave, Vade Retro Technology, Arismore et Bertin Technologies.  

Public data and mobile apps

Ariane Musse - 11-juin-2012 17:38:35

Open data in France is a growing phenomenon. A mobile app called ToutNantesBouge.fr has been launched recently. This app provides information on public transports such as timetables, public car parks and their availability, carpool, traffic and roadwork’s in progress, in Nantes city and its metropolis. GFI Informatique uses the public data published on the website data.nantes.fr and transforms it into meaningful and valuable information for the users of the app. GFI Informatique has positioned itself as one of the leading IT service firms in France and Southern Europe. It is now an international IT services group employing around 10,000 people and is headquartered in Saint-Ouen, France. The company is organised around four business lines: Consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and software solutions. This company has already launched a similar website called “Tout Rennes Bouge” and the related app available on Android and iOS.

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A French innovative and fast-growing company will open its European Headquarter in Dublin

Pierre Olivier - 04-mai-2012 13:06:20

Nimble Apps Limited, a French fast-growing publisher of online sales analysis and forecasting solution SalesClic, will create 10 new jobs over the next three years in their new European headquarter in the Digital Hub in Dublin. The company also recently started staffing a US and UK focused sales and marketing team. IDA Ireland, which is responsible for attracting foreign investments to Ireland, worked closely with the Paris-based company on this case.   Nimble Apps Ltd. is a SaaS company (Software as a Service) whose primary product, SalesClic, bridges the gap between traditional CRM software and all-purpose business intelligence software. SalesClic brings analytical and forecasting techniques inspired by decision and financial theories to the B2B sales process, in clear user-friendly web interfaces. SalesClic integrates with Salesforce and Google Apps. Speaking at the announcement, Thomas Oriol, Director of Nimble Apps, said: “(…) Ireland offers us all of the necessary components to assist us to internationalise our business, such as access to markets, a skilled workforce and a pro-business environment.”   Lien: http://www.salesclic.com/   Source: IDA Ireland  

French company to expand its operation in Ireland

Benjamin Carnec - 10-avr.-2012 11:46:53

The French company Sogeti announced last week an expansion of its operations in Ireland. Indeed, Sogeti, owned by Capgemini will create 65 new jobs in Dublin and Galway. Sogeti is implemented in Ireland since 1979 and this investment will allow the creation of high skilled and graduate positions in the IT sector. The recruitment is already in progress. This expansion can be explained by the dynamism of the IT sector in Ireland and Sogeti became, throughout the years, a key part of the IT infrastructure of Irish based multinationals by helping them to deliver their international business. Jean-François Courtines, Chief Sales Officer and Head of Alliances of the Sogeti Group also highlighted that the talented workforce available in Ireland greatly influenced this decision. The company was named the world’s number one testing services provider (Ovum Research) in 2011 and experienced a significant growth across its services lines recently. The Irish market is described as “strategic market for the group” (Jeff Schmalbach, CEO, Sogeti Ireland). Sogeti is a leading provider of professional technology services, specializing in Application Development and Management, End to End Quality Assurance, and ERP Solutions (120,000 consultants worldwide).

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Ubifrance launches a new French Suppliers Portal

Benjamin Carnec - 26-mars-2012 15:45:00

In order to enhance the worldwide visibility of the French know-how, Ubifrance, redesigned its portal for French exporters and is now called The French Suppliers Portal ( www.ubifrance.com ). This website is a tool that is aimed at French exporters but is also dedicated to Irish companies willing to create added-value by choosing to source in France. Visitors can make a multilingual research by name, products, services, sub-categories, geographic areas and also look for an event, market information and news. Ubifrance has offices in 57 countries around the world and each of those offices publishes in blogs that have also being improved especially for overseas counterparts. In order to replace firmafrance.com, Ubifrance’s worldwide blog has now a research tool only dedicated to our Irish partners with a comprehensive directory of the French offer. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any help regarding this tool!  

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