CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the consolidation of its security expertise and offerings in response to the rapidly increasing risk security threats pose to Canadian business by establishing a Security Centre of Excellence, located in Ottawa, Ontario. The Security Centre of Excellence comprises over 200 security professionals, a 24/7/365 Security Operations Centre and one of three accredited security evaluation test centres in Canada.
Working closely with CGI’s UK and US security experts, this move unifies CGI’s security practice in Canada, creating a focal point for all of CGI’s national and local security services. The centre will provide CGI’s private and public sector clients with full access to all of CGI’s security capabilities and deep expertise no matter where they are in Canada. The centre also creates a unified point for CGI’s multi-national security teams to support Canadian companies and Canadian interests, in Canada and abroad.
“Our clients are well supported locally, while being confident that CGI has the international expertise to stay ahead of the global nature of cyber threats,” said Dominique Gagnon, Vice-President, Security Services, CGI. “With over 200 security experts in Canada, many with the highest level security clearance, it’s our view that well executed security practices are a business enabler for our clients. There is no doubt that our ability to anticipate and combat cyber threats is closely linked to peace of mind and profitability for our clients.”
"CGI has been a trusted partner to the Canadian Payments Association for over 20 years and we value the knowledge and expertise that CGI's security team provides,” said Nora Cox Director, Corporate Risk and Security at Canadian Payments Association. “Millions of financial transactions are made by Canadians every day and they rely on the CPA to ensure that the over $170 billion dollars a day that are cleared through our systems do so safely and securely so Canada can do business.”
“The number, frequency and sophistication of these cyber incidents are truly staggering, and they are unquestionably on the rise,” said John Proctor, Director, Cyber Security, CGI. “For example, CGI’s Security Operations Centre, at the heart of the Centre of Excellence, protects some of Canada’s largest corporations and deals with roughly 45 million potential cyber events per week, every week.”
With the cost of cyber attacks growing to $1.4B in 2012 in Canada, clients are facing unprecedented risk not only to their bottom line, but also to their reputation. As part of the Security Centre of Excellence, CGI will continue to provide Security services, testing, managed services and training for clients.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. With approximately 71,000 members located in offices and global delivery centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, CGI offers a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. Further to the recent acquisition of Logica, CGI’s annualized revenue is in excess of C$10 billion, with an estimated order backlog of approximately C$18.3 billion; its shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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