With its new Lyon hub, Orange wants to become a European leader in cybersecurity

by bold-lichterman

Orange Cyberdefense on Friday inaugurated an expertise center in Lyon, a new step in a development strategy which should bring it to the European podium by 2020. The Orange subsidiary specializing in the fight against computer crime has brought together on the site of the former Saint-Paul prison, its teams until now dispersed in the suburbs, between Limonest and Saint-Priest.

This is its third site outside Paris, after Lille and Rennes. It already employs around sixty people and intends to recruit 50 additional people. The milestone of 100 employees should thus be crossed by 2020. Faced with the recruitment difficulties experienced by the sector, the choice and arrangement of premises was made in close consultation with employees, in order to make future graduates want join the Orange teams.

The top 3 in Europe by 2020

The Lyon site will specialize in the safety of industrial installations. “Lyon and its region are an important industrial hub. I absolutely wanted us to position our teams there», Explained the general manager of the company Michel Van Den Berghe. “Companies do not seem to have fully realized the threat», Regretted during the ceremony the deputy Jean-Michel Mis (Loire, LREM), stressing that this issue was considered a priority by only 29% of them.

Created in 2016, the Orange Cyberdefense division has 1,300 employees, with an average age of 29. With a turnover of 300 million euros, it “aims for the European top 3 by 2020», Indicated Michel Van Den Berghe.