Capgemini agrees to acquire Leidos Cyber
Technology consultancy firm Capgemini has announced that it has agreed to acquire Leidos Cyber, the commercial cybersecurity division of Leidos, a leading US scientific engineering defense company.
Leidos Cyber has over 10-years experience in the sector, operated by a team of 500 industry professionals across North America.
The firm provides security architecture solutions and managed security services, primarily to its Fortune 500 clients across a broad range of sectors.
“Leidos Cyber is a pioneer in the field of cybersecurity. It defined the market in protecting the industrial control ecosystem for the mission critical infrastructure needs of global enterprises,” comments Paul Hermelin, Chairman and CEO, Capgemini.
“Its world class security expertise and status as a trusted advisor to many Fortune 500 leaders makes it totally complementary to Capgemini’s global cybersecurity practice.
Capgemini will use the acquisition to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities across North America, simultaneously adding to the firm’s network of 200,000 employees across 40 countries.
“Capgemini’s well-established security services portfolio coupled with its global presence makes it a natural home for our commercial cybersecurity team,” comments Robert Meindl, President, Leidos Cyber.
“Not only will we be able to play our part in augmenting the North America cybersecurity practice but we also look forward to adding value to the global security provisions of Capgemini’s clients around the world.”
The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2018.
China announces 6-month campaign to clean up apps
A 6-month campaign has been announced by China’s industry minister, to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cybersecurity and “disturbing market order.”
In an online notice the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that, among other things, companies must fix pop-ups on apps that deceive and mislead users or force them to use services they might not want.
The order is all part of a wider effort to crack down on tech industries and police use of personal information. Authorities have recently ordered fines and other penalties for some of China’s biggest tech companies.
Earlier this month, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) ordered online stores not to offer Didi's app, saying it illegally collected users' personal data. The company’s shares have now fallen by more than 40% since making its New York Stock Exchange debut on 30 June.
The latest campaign in the tech crackdown
The ministry launched this latest campaign with a teleconference call on Friday and issued its 15th list of dozens of apps it has said require fixing on Sunday.
There are 22 specific scenarios it has said require ‘rectification’, among which the ministry mentioned pop-up windows as a specific problem, especially when all the screen of a pop-up window is a jump link with a false close button.
Other various problems it highlighted were threats to data security due to a failure to encrypt sensitive information while it is being transmitted, and failure to obtain users' consent before providing data to other parties; and malicious blocking of website links and interference with other companies products or services.
It also took aim at illegal broadband networks, which it called “black broadband" that failed to conform to website filing procedures or might be subletting or using illegal access to networks.
Regulators have been stepping up enforcement of data security, financial and other rules against scores of tech companies that dominate entertainment, retail, and other industries.