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Cybersecurity: The French Orange sets up in Morocco

With its international dynamic development, Orange Cyberdefense has just announced its establishment in Morocco, at the Assises of Ausim 2018 which opens in Marrakesh. Based in Casablanca, the new structure of Orange Cyberdefense aims to recruit the best profiles locally, and can rely on the centers of expertise of the French No.1 in cybersecurity. The objective is to have about fifty specialists in Morocco by 2020.

In order to accelerate its development, this Hub will be strongly involved in training and supporting young recruits through partnerships with high institutes to participate in the training of tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Engineers.

Offers and value propositions will be the same as those already proposed in France, for all activities. They range from counseling and penetration tests (Pentests), to the installation of protective devices, but also to monitoring services with a CyberSoc and a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The experts based in Morocco will have all the know-how, methodologies and experience sharing available to Orange Cyberdefense, and will work in close collaboration with the Orange teams in Morocco.

Cybersecurity is a strategic activity for the Orange Group. Present in twenty countries in Africa and the Middle East, the challenge of Orange Cyberdefense is to become the referent of the cybersecurity market. “This new structure will enable us to position ourselves in the Moroccan market and make Orange Cyberdefense Morocco the central hub to meet the needs of companies in French-speaking African countries where the Orange Group is already present. The focus is to became a leader of Cybersecurity in French-speaking Africa “, says Michel Van Den Berghe, CEO of Orange Cyberdefense.

Orange integrates this orientation in Morocco in a context where Moroccan companies are strongly committed to the digitization of their activities and deploy their information systems, with national and international regulations that require a reinforcement of the mechanisms for protecting strategic information. Cybersecurity is becoming a major issue for companies and administrations. In cybersecurity, Africa is expected to grow from 1.33 Billion Dollars in 2017 to 2.32 Billion Dollars in 2020.

As of 2016, Orange Cyberdefense brings together all of Orange’s cybersecurity activities dedicated to professionals: businesses, governments and local authorities. The company supports public and private organizations in the design of their cybersecurity strategies, their implementation and their operational management. With a turnover of 275 Million Euros in 2017 and annual growth of more than 20%, it is the leader in cybersecurity in France and one of the main European players in the market. Its workforce is over 1,300 employees in the largest cities in France and internationally.

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