UK aerospace company opens security practice in Canada

BAE Systems Inc., one of the largest aerospace and defence contractors in the world, is expanding its operation in Canada with a new cloud-based cyber security division.

Besides manufacturing fighter bombers and nuclear submarines, the London-based company also has an international IT security practice. This service is provided mostly to commercial organizations who want an alternative to the need for on-premises software and hardware. BAE already protects more than 5,500 organizations worldwide

The new offerings come largely as a result of BAE Systems’ acquisition of SilverSky. Last year BAE acquired the Milford, Conn.-based security vendor with a Security-as-a-Service platform offering for $232.5 million. BAE plans on introducing a suite of security products designed to defend against targeted attacks. BAE intends to provide the Email Protection Services (EPS) suite specifically for Zero Day attacks.

BAE does have a presence in Canada for more than 250 Government agencies and businesses.

Other offerings from BAE Canada are:

  • Zero Day Prevention
  • Insider Threat Prevention
  • Email Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
  • Email Encryption
  • Email Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam
  • Email Archiving
  • Email Business Continuity

Tim Harvey, president, commercial solutions for BAE’s Applied Intelligence unit, said cyber intelligence is arguably the best defence companies can employ against the current wave of attacks on their critical assets.

“By introducing Canadian companies to military-grade, cloud-based protection in a way that is easy to buy, consume and manage, we aim to help protect those companies against today’s most sophisticated threats. Not only can cloud-based services be delivered within short timescales – dealing with threats almost immediately – companies will also have the ability to scale their security up or down, as required, making them more agile in their response.”

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