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CGI appoints IT security leader Ken Taylor to head national cybersecurity practice

Ottawa, Ontario, October 4, 2011 -  

CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology (IT) and business process services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Taylor as Vice-President, Cybersecurity Canada to lead and continue building CGI’s cybersecurity practice. With more than 23 years of experience, including 12 years with the Department of National Defence, Ken has successfully managed complex programs focused on global cybersecurity, cloud computing and identity and access management systems. In his new role, Ken will work closely with both government and commercial clients as part of the newly formed Canadian Defence, Public Safety and Intelligence business unit under the leadership of Lieutenant-General (retired) Andrew Leslie.

“Securing cyberspace will contribute directly to Canada’s safety and security while at the same time, safeguard our global economic advantage,” commented Lt-Gen (retired) Leslie, CGI Senior Vice-President, Canadian Defence, Public Safety and Intelligence. “CGI has supported the Government of Canada for many years and across many critical initiatives. Ken has a deep understanding of our nation’s vital cyber systems and what it takes to protect them, while staying one step ahead of the next threat.”

"Cybersecurity is recognized as an extraordinarily difficult strategic challenge that requires a disciplined and systematic approach,” said Ken Taylor. “Today’s cyber threats are constantly changing and becoming more complex.”

Also joining the cybersecurity practice is John Proctor, an internationally recognized security and risk expert with 22 years of experience serving the British and Canadian forces.  Under John’s leadership, CGI has expanded its cybersecurity practice to include a human factors component. This capability is designed to better manage and govern the role of the human element of security and will include the processes, policies, and human behaviours to provide an end-to-end cybersecurity offering to our clients.

Finally, CGI is also expanding its existing IT Security Evaluation and Test Facility based in Ottawa, Ontario. This facility is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program that provides compliance testing against leading IT security standards including Common Criteria and FIPS 140. It is one of only two such facilities for Common Criteria in Canada and, as a result, government and large consumers of commercial security certification services rely on CGI’s expertise to evaluate their core technologies before deployment.

About CGI
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 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at June 30, 2011, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately C$4.2 billion and its order backlog was approximately C$12.7 billion. CGI shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSX (GIB.A) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.

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For more information:
Lorne Gorber
Senior Vice-President, Global Communications and Investor Relations
lorne.gorber@cgi.com 
514-841-3355