Thales News Release

Thales Boosts Information And Communication Systems Security Offer In Australia

November 10, 2008

Thales, a leader in information and communication systems security, has formed a new cryptography team in Australia. The team will deliver enhanced products, services and support to a wide range of financial services, government, defence and enterprise customers, as well as critical infrastructure operators.

In a rapidly growing market, the move enables Thales to capitalise on new opportunities while leveraging its unique local and global capabilities.

The company's commercial cryptography capability was previously offered through Verizon Business. Several Verizon staff have migrated to Thales Australia in order to provide continuity of support for existing customers. They will join colleagues already supporting defence customers. The new team will benefit existing customers by bringing full support to a local level.

Thales's information systems security offer in Australia includes the world-leading tamper-resistant payment Hardware Security Modules (Thales HSM 8000) that provide the powerful cryptographic facilities needed to secure financial transactions, plus a range of certified network encryption products for high-security environments to secure data for government, defence and financial institutions.

The company also offers data preparation for card and PIN issuing, advanced user and message authentication solutions supported by secure identity management and token issuing.

Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia's managing director, said: “the combined cryptography team will provide enhanced service to customers, and a platform for expansion. Cryptography is essential to securing highly confidential information in very demanding environments, and customers need to have complete faith in the product. Our technology and the skills backing it up enable them to do this. We have been in the information systems and communication security market in Australia for around 25 years in various forms. Our recent successes in the civil and government sectors are encouraging us to expand our offer while building our relationships with new and existing customers.”