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Atos Origin and ExaProtect Announce Partnership in Information Systems Security


Paris/London, 21 March 2006 - Atos Origin, one of the world’s foremost information technology services firms, and ExaProtect, a software developer and European leader in security information management CSEM (Core Security Event Management), have unveiled a technology, marketing and operational partnership in Europe to enhance their lineup of security solutions for complex IT systems.

In today’s world, keeping information secure is a vital business concern. Faced with the rising tide of computer crime, companies must be capable of detecting intrusion and responding in the event of an attack.

In order to enhance this capability, Atos Origin will integrate ExaProtect CSEM (Core Security Event Management) technology into its entire line of IS security solutions. Both companies, in their respective industries, possess unrivalled experience in deploying large-scale, end-to-end IS solutions.

The partnership will allow Atos Origin to:

Leverage ExaProtect technology to deliver innovative customer solutions.

Integrate the high-value-added technology in the managed security services already offered by its Security Operation Center (SOC), such as 24/7 security management.
The alliance between the two companies stems from their collaboration on various customer projects, which proved successful in terms of efficiency, simplicity, transparency and cost. ExaProtect and Atos Origin currently have five joint customers, a number that is expected to increase by 15 or 20 in 2006.

The companies’ key projects include the implementation of a security management system for France’s Labor Ministry, via a contract with the department for general administration in charge of upgrading services. ExaProtect will develop software capable of analyzing, aggregating and correlating security events, issuing reports and tracking incident management. Atos Origin is responsible for deploying and managing the solution.

Says Fabrice Pizzi, responsible for security at the department for general administration in charge of upgrading services, on behalf of the Ministry of Labor, “The growing number of security products and threats has forced us to rethink our data security policy and to look for effective, reliable solutions with clear indicators for everyone concerned, whether managers or security technicians. The Atos Origin and ExaProtect solution meets our requirements with round-the-clock monitoring via a shared platform. In addition, a system of security network devices allows us to determine the appropriate alert level.”

“Thanks to ExaProtect CSEM technology, our administration team is able to respond more quickly and effectively to the millions of events generated by such security devices as firewall systems, sensors and servers. Furthermore, it enhances customer IS security visibility and management, particularly thanks to online indicators,” explains Daniel Gargot, Network & Security Services Manager at Atos Origin.

Says Frédéric Saint-Joigny, Vice President of Sales at ExaProtect, “By offering a complementary fit of network management and IS management services, Atos Origin is the ideal solution for large accounts wishing to focus on their core business.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 47,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

About ExaProtect
ExaProtect is the market creator and leader in Core Security Event Management (CSEM) – monitoring, interpreting and reporting on the security of core business systems and the corporate information they contain.
ExaProtect’s solutions gather security information from all enterprise systems (including bespoke systems, SAP, Oracle, Siebel, etc. as well as security systems such as firewalls and intrusion detection) and combine this information with business process rules. This intelligence gives the organisation a real-time, end-to-end, prioritised view of the behaviour and security status of key business assets. This helps companies meet the demands of compliance reporting.
With ExaProtect, companies have a complete, auditable solution for quickly analysing and responding to any unwanted changes or attacks on core systems and information.


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