Atos, leading managed security services provider in Europe, on 22 March announced the opening of a new next-gen Security Operations Center (SOC) in Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of the continuous expansion of its cybersecurity activities. The new center is Atos’ 16th next-gen SOC worldwide. It is designed to rapidly identify and limit the impact of security incidents for large organizations globally via 24/7/365 threat monitoring, detection, and targeted response supported by state-of-the-art technology with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) – ultimately strengthening Atos’ powerful global SOC network.
“With the expansion of the demand of clients based in Europe, including in Bulgaria, it seemed natural to open a new SOC and base it in Sofia, where we already have a strong team of digital transformation experts,” said Chris Moret, SVP, Global Head of Cybersecurity services at Atos.
The official opening was attended by the Minister of Innovation and Growth Daniel Lorer, H.E. Mrs. Florence Robine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of France, as well as the President of the French-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Stephane Delahaye.
Atos intends to meet the sovereignty needs of public and private organizations, notably those operating in critical and sensitive industries, by offering them an additional AI and ML powered SOC located in Central Europe, in addition to those in Croatia, Poland and Romania. This is in line with the recently launched Atos OneCloud Sovereign Shield which helps clients regain complete control over the data they produce and exchange and effectively deal with legal dependencies.
With the opening of the new center, Atos expects to hire more than 50 cybersecurity professionals in Sofia in 2022, which will join the 1,500 Atos employees already working in Bulgaria and its worldwide network of 6,000 Atos security experts. In the upcoming years Atos plans to expand the center’s capabilities with up to 300 digital specialists.
Atos in Bulgaria is presented by two legal entities. Atos IT Solutions & Services supports 20+ business functions and 1000+ processes by providing end-to-end services to Atos’ entities. In addition, the company delivers business communication services for customers in over 40 countries around the globe. Atos Bulgaria Competency Center offers innovative IT solutions for international companies in the consumer-packaged goods sector and food and beverage industry, including world-class SAP solutions for corporate clients. Both entities are among the leading employers in Bulgaria and are recognized as “Great Place To Work” companies by the International Great Place to Work Institute for four years in a row.
With a global team of over 6,000 security specialists and a worldwide network of 16 next-gen SOCs, Atos offers an end-to-end security partnership.