Airbus Defence and Space has signed a strategic agreement with Atos to join forces to help address the growing demand for cybersecurity solutions.
Under the strategic partnership agreement, the two companies will conduct research and development and provide a complementary range of products, services, and solutions designed to counteract cyber-attacks.
The signatories will combine their respective expertise and research, as well as development knowledge in Europe, to develop security solutions for extended enterprises, such as group, subsidiaries, and supply chain.
Airbus Defence and Space Communications, Intelligence & Security(CIS) executive vice-president Evert Dudok said: "The agreement signed with Atos paves the way for a highly innovative business model.
"Putting together our expertise will enhance our cyber security offer for governments, critical infrastructure and strategic industries and will also ensure a strong growth potential thanks to the international presence of Atos."
Including a worldwide distribution channel partner agreement, the partnership is expected to address a broad spectrum of businesses and industries, including banking and insurance, as well as the public sector, and the defence market.
Atos chief technology officer and Big Data & Security executive vice-president Philippe Vannier said: "By combining our forces, we come up with more innovation to continually improve the protection of our customer’s infrastructures.
"It is also a great source of satisfaction to be able to expand our range and give our customers access to a portfolio of solutions that is unique in Europe, including the security expertise of Airbus Defence and Space in the defence sector."
The agreement provides Atos and Airbus with the opportunity to better benefit from the growing cyber-security market, which is estimated to be worth $84bn by 2016.
Image: Atos and Airbus Defence and Space officials after signing a strategic agreement in the field of cybersecurity. Photo: © Atos SE 2015.