SFR wins contract to protect local governments from cyberattacks

SFR Business takes on the role of Nomios cybersecurity specialist. For the next three years, starting this month, all public authorities, administrations and hospitals wishing to protect themselves from cyber attacks without a tender will be referred to the operator Ugap, Union des groupements public Purchases. Thus, SFR returns the place it held from 2016 to 2019. According to Les Echos, its rival Orange Cyberdéfense was not a candidate.

The company will need to install and maintain software from Palo Alto Networks, Check Point Security, Stormshield, Fortinet, F5 and Vectra for 22,000 Ugap customers. “Beneficiaries can choose cybersecurity solutions from all of these publishers, or opt for additional services from Palo Alto if they are already equipped with them,” SFR writes in a press release. However, audits and advice will continue to be provided by Advens.

Local authorities have become the target of cyberattacks

One of the advantages he enjoys will be his speed of intervention anywhere in the territory. In particular, the operator would benefit from a “mesh” network that “provides UGAP customers with local, personalized and certified support,” according to a press release. According to her, in 2022, the company’s cyberspace-related revenues would grow by 20%.

Local governments are the second most popular target for hackers, according to the latest annual report from the National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi), with Anssi processing or reporting 23% of ransomware in 2022, compared to 40% for VSE, SME and ETI. , and 10% for healthcare facilities. “The use of the cloud and the outsourcing of services to digital service companies, if not accompanied by appropriate cybersecurity regulations, is a serious threat,” Anssi emphasizes.

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