Orange launches new HQ to tackle cyber security
06 October 2017 | James Pearce
Orange has opened a new office in La Defense, the business district of Paris, which will house its cyber security division, Orange Cyberdefense.
The new 6,800m campus is spread over 12 levels and will house up to 600 employees, working on the French operator’s corporate security solutions, which includes helping businesses develop their “immune systems” against digital threats.
It contains a crisis room, Computer Emergency Response Team* (CERT) and the Cyber Security Operation Center (CyberSOC), an epidemiology laboratory, sealed and non-shared rooms, and two training rooms.
“The Orange Group has made cybersecurity a strategic priority within its Essentials2020 plan. In just two years, Orange Cyberdefense has become France’s leading player in cybersecurity and our aim now is to become a leader in Europe,” says Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange.
The inauguration of the new headquarters was attended by of Mounir Mahjoubi, minister of state for the digital sector attached to the Prime Minister; Patrick Devedjian, president of the Hauts-de-Seine departmental council; Guillaume Poupard, director general of ANSSI; and Thierry Delville, ministerial delegate for security industries and the fight against cyber threats.
Orange Cyberdefense has committed itself to operating a constructive and innovative training approach in order to recruit cybersecurity experts. It opened a new Security Centre earlier in 2017 in the north of France and announced the creation of the Orange Cyberdefense Academy at a national level to train future talents. Orange has also set out aims to recruit 1,000 cybersecurity specialists by 2020.
“The Campus brings together our experts in a single facility to promote collaboration and sharing. It is also ready to welcome future recruits. We were keen to involve the teams during the development of this new working environment that is conducive to their well-being while at the same time complying with cybersecurity requirements,” said Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense.