According to Les Echos newspaper, Airbus has entered into “preliminary talks” with Atos to gain a foothold in its growing division, which includes cybersecurity activities.
Last June, Atos decided to announce a split of the project, grouping its cybersecurity activities, specifically under a new organization called Evidian. The remainder includes his outsourcing activities.
Desirable Cyber Division
Although the future of Evidian remains unknown, the press has already mentioned the interest of defense electronics manufacturer Thales, or even telecom operator Orange. In early October, Atos’ board of directors turned down an offer to buy digital services company Onepoint because of its cybersecurity and big data business.
According to Les Echos, Airbus responded that it “has ongoing discussions with (its) partners, customers and suppliers across the industry, but these conversations are private.”
In the midst of last year’s stock market crash, Atos shares rose about 7% on Monday morning, Reuters reported.