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Airbus in Talks to Acquire Atos' Cybersecurity Division Amid Growing Need for Specialized Aviation Security Solutions

Airbus, a leading aerospace company, and Atos, a prominent French IT firm, have begun preliminary talks regarding the potential acquisition of Atos' Big Data and Security division.


The news, first leaked in December and confirmed in a recent market update by Atos, notes that Airbus is considering purchasing the entire division for an estimated €1.5 to 1.8 billion (approximately $1.65 to $2 billion). This proposal, however, is not yet final.


This potential transaction has been in consideration for some time, with Airbus showing interest in Atos' cybersecurity branch since early 2022. Airbus had previously attempted to acquire a significant stake in Atos' parent division Evidian, but later withdrew their offer. Atos believes that a partnership with Airbus could significantly strengthen their position in cybersecurity, especially in sectors like defense, public safety, and critical infrastructure.


In response to this development, industry experts are highlighting the increasing importance of specialized cybersecurity solutions in aviation. Avi Tenenbaum, CEO of Cyviation, an airline cybersecurity firm, emphasizes the necessity for custom solutions tailored to the aviation industry's unique needs, especially as cyber threats grow more sophisticated and targeted.


Airbus, like many in the aviation sector, has faced several security challenges in recent years, underscoring the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures across the aviation supply chain. This includes everything from airport security systems to communication networks between aircraft and air traffic control.


In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new security requirements for airports and aircraft operators. Similarly, in the European Union, the upcoming Implementing Regulation 2023/203 aims to manage information security risks within the aviation industry, expected to be in force between 2025 and 2026. These regulations are likely to accelerate the adoption of cybersecurity measures within the industry, according to Tenenbaum.


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