François Lavaste appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arkoon and Netasq

Cassidian CyberSecurity announced the appointment of François Lavaste as Chairman of the Board of Directors of its subsidiaries Arkoon and Netasq. As part of its growth strategy, Cassidian CyberSecurity had acquired Netasq in November 2012 and Arkoon in April 2013. Before the announcement, François Lavaste has been Chairman of the Board of Netasq.

Jean-Michel Orozco, Head of Cassidian CyberSecurity, said: “The appointment of François as the Chairman of the common Board of Directors will ensure the consistency of the global security solutions of Arkoon and Netasq. Still, the two entities are to retain their operational independence.”
François Lavaste said: “The alliance between Arkoon and Netasq is of particular strategic significance in the context of the current structuring of the cyber security market. By pooling our innovation capabilities and offerings, we are ready to provide the market in France and abroad with the most competitive and efficient trusted security solutions to protect networks, infrastructures and workstations.”

François Lavaste took over the presidency of Netasq’s board of directors in early 2007. He began his career in IT in 1992 as a partner in the creation of Eneide, a CRM Conso+ software publisher, which was bought over by Coheris in 2000. In 1996, he joined Intuit in California, the worldwide leader in accounting and personal finance management tools for SMEs. In 2001, he became Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Brightmail, a pioneer in messaging service security that Symantec bought over in 2004. In 2006, he took over the reins as General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa of Tricipher, a specialist in secure access and strong authentication management (acquired in 2010 by VMware). François Lavaste graduated from ESCP-Europe, a European graduate business school, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

About Cassidian CyberSecurity (

Cassidian CyberSecurity is a 100% Cassidian company entirely devoted to addressing the cyber security market across Europe and the Middle-East, operating from France, the United Kingdom and Germany. Cassidian CyberSecurity’s high-grade expertise includes “Cyber Defence & Professional Services” focusing on high-grade professional services and establishing Security Operation Centres; “Trusted infrastructure” aiming at cryptography, digital identity management and high-security national solutions, and “Secure Mobility”, focused on services for mobile device security. To reinforce its solutions and establish a European cluster for cyber security products and services, Cassidian CyberSecurity took over Netasq in 2012 and Arkoon in 2013. Cassidian CyberSecurity generated revenues of 100 million euros in 2012, with a workforce of 600 people, which it plans to double by 2017.


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About Arkoon (

As a renowned pioneer in IT infrastructures protection, Arkoon set itself the goal of offering certified solutions, tailored to protecting sensitive information and infrastructures. Arkoon protects information, communications and infrastructures, as well as workstations, through a range of complementary solutions:
Its solutions are marketed in the rest of the world through its network of certified partners and subsidiaries. Arkoon’s customer base includes a large number of Euro Stoxx 100 companies, administrations and thousands of other companies of all sizes. Arkoon’s solutions are deployed in more than 60 countries.
Arkoon was awarded the OSEO “Innovative company” label from among the 2,000 member companies of the “OSEO Excellence” network.

About Netasq (

With more than 80,000 UTM (United Threat management) firewalls deployed in companies of all sizes, government bodies and defense organisations in 40 countries, Netasq develops solutions for the market that are unparalleled in terms of performance, protection and control. Their certification at the highest level in Europe (EU RESTRICTED, Nato and EAL4+) makes them all the more unique.

Contact Arkoon & Netasq

Marie-Pierre Czabak
Director Marketing & Communications
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 21 82 38

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