CGI RECOGNIZED AS LEADER IN MANAGED SECURITY SERVICES
IDC gives CGI highest ranking in recent study
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) announced today that it has been ranked as the leading provider of Managed Security Services (MSS) in a study released by analyst firm IDC Canada.
Managed security services are provided to organizations by third party experts who deliver services onsite or remotely. Services offered include managed firewall and VPN, intrusion detection, antivirus, vulnerability testing, web filtering and blocking, privacy assessments and business continuity.
The study, which analyzes the competitive playing field for MSS gave its highest ranking to CGI in a field that includes other global IT services and telecommunication companies.
“Securing the networks that organizations depend on has become a difficult but critical task for all enterprises,” said Sebastien Ruest, Vice-President of services research at IDC Canada. “As a result, managed security is an increasingly lucrative market where reputation and both core and industry experience are crucial differentiators for managed security services providers.”
CGI has a successful history of providing information security services to major clients in government and industry. Since 2000, CGI has provided managed security services to Secure Channel – the Public Works and Government Services Canada’s common infrastructure that provides network services for all federal departments. CGI Group’s IT Security Test and Evaluation Facility is one of the world’s foremost laboratories authorized to evaluate and certify security products and solutions.
CGI has one of the largest MSS practices in Canada and employs 250 highly-skilled security professionals, including 80 experts based in its centre of expertise in Ottawa. Many hold secret and top-secret security clearances and certifications such as GSEC, GCIA, CGIH, CISSP and ITIL®.
“We have been delivering security services since CGI’s early days and managed security for more than 6 years so we are delighted to be recognized by IDC Canada as the leader in this space,” says Hicham Adra, CGI’s Senior Vice-President and General Manager, National Capital Region and Western Canada. “I am extremely proud that our professionals have been recognized. They are the ones driven to stay abreast of the latest threats to our clients’ security and the technologies and processes that help address them.”
CGI’s strategy has been to customize managed security service components to best fit the unique security needs and specific regional privacy requirements of its clients. It leverages its global footprint and capabilities to provide Managed Security Services (MSS) to its clients with locations around the world.
A copy of this report is available for download at www.cgi.com.
IDC is the foremost global market intelligence and advisory firm in the information technology and telecommunications industries. IDC Canada forecasts and provides keen insight on Canadian, in addition to worldwide, IT markets and technology trends. Using a combination of rigorous primary research, in-depth analysis and client interaction, IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends to deliver dependable service and client advice. More than 700 analysts in 43 countries provide global research with local content. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT suppliers, IT organizations, eBusiness companies and the financial community. Additional information can be found at www.idc.ca. IDC is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annualized revenue run rate stands at $3.6 billion (US$3.1 billion) and at December 31, 2006, CGI's order backlog was $12.6 billion (US$10.9 billion). CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
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