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Atos Acquiring Penetration Testing Company SEC Consult Group

Credit: Atos

Atos, a Top 250 MSSP, has acquired SEC Consult Group, a 200-person cybersecurity consulting firm that offers penetration testing, red teaming and technical assessment services in DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), plus APAC (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia) and North America.

This is M&A deal 431 that MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E have covered so far in 2020. See the full M&A deal list here.

In a prepared statement a bout the deal, Pierre Barnabé, senior executive VP, head of big data & cybersecurity at Atos, said:

“With this strategic move, Atos confirms its position as a leader in the European Cybersecurity market and initiates its Cybersecurity consulting presence in APAC to complement its existing Managed Security Services Provider and Cybersecurity products offering. SEC Consult’s experience, highly skilled people and reputation in the market will strengthen the Atos team in Central Europe and serve as a spring-board for building our business in APAC as a region with very high growth. In the context of our latest acquisitions, the acquisition of SEC Consult demonstrates our ambition to become the key Cybersecurity provider for global organizations on their digital journey.”

Wolfgang Baumgartner, CEO of SEC Consult, added:

“After running SEC Security Consulting Business completely independently for nearly 20 years, SEC Consult has reached a level of globalization and professionalism where we acknowledge the huge benefits to join forces with Atos to strengthen our mission of helping our customers to become more secure and able to deal with the immensely growing threats arising from cyber. We are convinced to make the right decision and are sure that both our teammates as well as our customers will benefit from this decision with a clear vision and strategy for the future. Together with Atos, SEC Consult can speed up its mission - to protect the information security assets of our clients. Additionally, it is a great development opportunity for our Cybersecurity experts to work on even more exciting projects.”

The deal is expected to close before the end of 2020, Atos indicated.

Atos: Previous Cybersecurity Acquisitions

Atos has remained active in the cybersecurity M&A market. Key deals include Atos acquiring Paladion for MSSP and MDR (managed detection and response) services, and IDnomic for digital identity infrastructure management capabilities.

Atos has also acquired IT service providers focused on artificial intelligence, public cloud services, analytics, automation, and healthcare IT services. Additional deals have involved ServiceNow and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partners. See this regularly updated list of Atos M&A deals for more information.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.