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PARIS, September 5, 2023  Thales, a world leader in data protection and cybersecurity, and Kyndryl, the world's largest IT infrastructure services provider, today announced their partnership to offer businesses and French public organizations enhanced protection for their IT systems, technologies and operational equipment through 360-degree incident management. The new capabilities will offer customers greater cyber resilience in the face of expanding cyberattacks.

This partnership will combine cybersecurity capabilities of Thales and Kyndryl to offer French customers a complete security incident management solution, enabling Kyndryl customers to benefit from both Thales' Rapid Response Force as well as Kyndryl's expertise in consulting and remediation. In an increasingly interconnected digital world, cyberattacks are among the main threats to the survival and health of businesses. Continuity of service, from threat detection to remediation, builds an organization's long-term resilience. The Rapid Response Force is recognized for its expertise and response capacity with organizations of vital importance.

Thales will be able to draw on Kyndryl's recognized experience in cyber resilience and incident recovery, helping organizations recover effectively after cyber incidents or attacks. Kyndryl's cyber resilience solutions such as incident recovery, managed backup services, hybrid platform recovery and data center services mitigate the impact of an outage and ensure fast, reliable and scalable recovery in hybrid multi-cloud environments.

Unrivaled benefits for Thales and Kyndryl customers
This unique alliance ensures continuity between cyber threat prevention and remediation, providing companies with an agile response tailored to each situation. In the event of an incident, the Thales Rapid Response Force enables an immediate, coordinated response with Kyndryl's post-incident management teams, minimizing business downtime and disruption, with an accelerated return to normal operations.

Based in France and benefiting from the highest levels of certification, the Thales Rapid Intervention Force meets the needs of companies that expect  their information systems to operate smoothly and securely.

Thanks to the expertise of Kyndryl, a specialist in IT solutions and cloud management and its sector-specific business knowledge, companies can recover more quickly from an incident allowing business continuity.

"At a time when cybersecurity has become a central element of corporate strategy, this partnership reflects our commitment to offer the best solutions to our customers. We are convinced that this collaboration will bring unrivaled added value, helping businesses to navigate today's digital landscape with confidence," said Philippe Roncati, President of Kyndryl France.

"This partnership is the fruit of a strategic convergence between Kyndryl and Thales in the field of cybersecurity, combining the remediation expertise of the leading IT infrastructure provider with the cyber threat detection and rapid response capabilities of the leader in data protection and cybersecurity. Our customers, both enterprises and public bodies, will benefit from state-of-the-art incident response for enhanced cyber resilience," said Pierre-Yves Jolivet, VP Cyber Solutions, Thales.

The threat of cyberattacks remains high. According to the latest Thales Cloud Security Report, since 2022, 39% of companies have suffered a data breach in their cloud environment, up 4 points from the previous year. Finally, based on a Thales survey of nearly 3,000 information systems and security professionals in 18 countries, 48% of these professionals reported an increase in ransomware attacks, with 22% of organizations having suffered a ransomware attack in the last 12 months.

About Kyndryl
Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, serving thousands of enterprise customers in more than 60 countries. The company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. For more information, visit www.kyndryl.com.

About Thales
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global high-technology leader specializing in three sectors: Defense & Security, Aerospace, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that contribute to a safer, more environmentally-friendly and more inclusive world.

The Group invests nearly €4 billion a year in Research & Development, particularly in key areas of innovation such as quantum, Edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity.

Thales employs 77,000 people in 68 countries. In 2022, the Group generated sales of 17.6 billion euros.