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Sopra Steria and CEA sign a technology transfer partnership in the cyber security field


Paris, February 03, 2015 – Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, and CEA Tech, the technological research division of the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), have announced the signing of an R&D partnership whereby generic technologies developed by CEA will be transferred to the Innovation Lab at Sopra Steria's Cyber Security Centre, located in Toulouse. Digital transformation is a vector for sustainable economic growth, but is dependent on security that holds up to increasingly sophisticated and frequent threats. Faced with these challenges, cyber security players need to integrate the most advanced technology into their innovative industrial solutions.

Developing and accelerating digital transformation
Sopra Steria offers secure solutions and services for major institutional and economic players to support them with their digital transformation as part of a continual process of innovation. CEA Tech, for its part, strives to accelerate innovation to benefit the industry.

At the heart of the cyber security sector, the partnership between Sopra Steria and CEA Tech uses a process of long-term shared innovation to accelerate the transfer of technology from CEA's research labs to the Innovation Lab at Sopra Steria's Cyber Security Centre to develop new advanced methods of detection and protection. This will allow digital service provider experts to deliver cyber security services that serve as a benchmark worldwide.

Two technology transfers for 2015
The three-year partnership agreement has already two major axes underway as a result of the expertise of CEA Tech’s List institute: detecting low digital noise using signal processing technology, and creating a new generation of digital and dynamic multimedia war rooms (touch tables, portable devices, etc.), based on interaction, visualization, and data management and analysis technology. This war room will be particularly suitable for managing cyber security crises. The maturity of CEA Tech's expertise and technology means that its solutions can be operational quickly.

In 2015, Sopra Steria's operational cyber security expertise, combined with CEA Tech's technological contributions to human-machine interfaces, signal processing and machine learning, will lead to innovative solutions that are adapted to the needs of operators engaged in active surveillance.

A key milestone in the protection of the European aerospace sector
This agreement fits perfectly with the collaborative projects of the Albatros Federation Program [1] , certified by the Aerospace Valley World Competitiveness Cluster, of which both partners are members. The aim of this anchor program is to develop synergies between European aerospace industry players to protect businesses' digital assets and develop their competitiveness. The axes of the partnership between CEA Tech and Sopra Steria will contribute to the development of Box@PME, the collaborative protection solution for supply chain SMEs and mid-market companies, and to the creation of the program’s cyber security lab.

About Sopra Steria
Sopra Steria, European leader in digital transformation, provides one of the most comprehensive portfolios of service offerings in the market: consulting, systems integration, software development and Business Process Services. It takes a global approach to addressing the development and competition challenges faced by major companies and organizations. Combining added value and innovation in its solutions as well as high-performance services, Sopra Steria supports its clients through their transformation programs, no matter how complex, and helps them to make the best use of information technology. With 35,000 professionals in over 20 countries, the Sopra Steria Group had pro forma turnover of €3.1 billion in 2013.

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About CEA Tech
A key player in research, development and innovation, the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) is active in four main areas: low-carbon energies (nuclear and renewables), information technologies and health technologies, very large research infrastructures, and defence and global security. In each of these fields, CEA builds on its first-class fundamental research and acts as a supporting role to the industry.

CEA Tech, the 'technological research' division of CEA, brings together 4,500 colleagues whose task is to bring innovation to the industry. It produces and makes available key enabling technologies for all industrial sectors and all types of businesses. With 600 patents filed annually, CEA Tech encourages industrial production to move up-market and guarantees its industrial partners increased competitiveness through value creation. It works with 80% of CAC 40 businesses, 500 SMEs and mid-market companies, and 145 international clients, and has an annual turnover of €600m. Feeding the ecosystems of Grenoble and Paris-Saclay since its creation, CEA Tech now carries out the management of the new 'regional platforms for technological transfer' launched by the French government at the end of 2012. It is present in 4 other regions: Midi-Pyrénées (Toulouse), Aquitaine (Bordeaux), Pays de La Loire (Nantes), and Lorraine (Metz) and is strengthening its business activities in the PACA region.

Sopra Steria: Amandine Mouillet, +33 (0)1 34 88 57 64,
Agence ComCorp for Sopra Steria: Dora Delaporte, +33 (0) 1 84 17 84 11,
CEA Tech: Vincent Coronini, +33 (0)4 78 38 44 30,

[1] Partners of the ALBATROS program: Sopra Steria, Airbus, Aquitaine Electronique, Cgx Aero, Mecaprotec Industries, Eca Sinters, Ippon Innovation, PoleStar, Objectif Libre, Laas, Cea‐Tech, Irit (CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier), GRSG (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole), INP/Enseeiht