Light Reading
Vendor says a partnership with Thales will strengthen its cyber security play for network operators.

AlcaLu in Talks to Sell Security Unit to Thales

Sarah Reedy
5/22/2014
50%
50%

Alcatel-Lucent is currently in exclusive negotiations with Thales to sell off its network security business to the defense giant.

Alcatel-Lucent said Thursday that it was looking to form a strategic partnership with Thales SA (Paris: TCFP.PA) in which they would provide their combined cyber security and communications security services to their customers. Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) would also continue to develop new "advanced security features for its portfolio of IP and ultra-broadband access products," the company said in a release on the proposed deal.

Cyber security was a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent's Shift Plan, unveiled last year, and the company believes that by divesting to Thales it will be able to offer customers an end-to-end network security platform that combines its network knowledge with Thales's defense services. (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Shift Plan and Alcatel-Lucent Builds Future Around IP.)

The deal isn't official yet, as the two companies work out the terms of the deal, but this isn't the first tie-up between the pair. Alcatel-Lucent previously had a 20.8% stake in Thales that it sold off in 2008 as part of its effort to divest non-core assets. It had transferred its space assets to Thales in 2007 after Alcatel and Lucent merged. (See AlcaLu to Sell Thales and AlcaLu Seals Asset Sale Deal.)

This is the third of several planned partnerships that AlcaLu is forming under the Shift Plan. In February it sold a small stake of its small-cell business to Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) and struck a deal with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) focused on cloud. (See Alcatel-Lucent CEO: We Can Go It Alone and Joint Qualcomm & AlcaLu Small Cells Due Mid-Year.)

"Alcatel-Lucent needs a significant play in network security to be competitive with where Nokia is already at and where Ericsson is clearly going now," Heavy Reading security analyst Patrick Donegan tells us. "This looks like it, albeit the devil will be in the details when they are discussed in briefings in the coming days."

In the meantime, check out the Show Site for Light Reading's Mobile Network Security Summit, which took place in London yesterday, for more on the state of mobile network security today. (See Slide Show: Mobile Network Security Strategies London.)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(13)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/31/2014 | 2:00:30 PM
Re: outsourcing security
@pdonegan67-I agree with the fact that ALU does not stand any chance of being competitive when it comes to the end to end network security space. I also think that the only way through which you can give ALU something that is more compelling is by selling out and allowing Thales to incorporate the ALU capabilities into their portfolio. I also agree with the fact that even though they may not own it, they will sell something that is much more compelling than what they normally offer.
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
5/27/2014 | 1:23:56 PM
Re: outsourcing security
Good point, Mark. ALU acquired Kindsight in April 2013, so that is likely part of it.
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2014 | 11:19:06 AM
Re: outsourcing security
Thanks Sarah!  The Arbor partnership seemed to be an integration of IDS/IPS between Arbor's probes and the ISA MDA, which is a card in ALu's routers that can do specialized functions.  Kindsight, I can't recall if they were owned by ALu or not, but that's probably whats on the table.
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
5/27/2014 | 9:42:19 AM
Re: outsourcing security
A deal hasn't been struck yet, so I think it's all under discussion. We'll hopefully hear more official news in the coming days, but the division include its cyber-security and network security assets.
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/27/2014 | 3:03:40 AM
Re: outsourcing security
Specifically, do you know what this will do to the overall SROS strategy?  I was only familiar with ALu's partnership with Arbor and its pitch with Kindsight Security Labs.  Do you know how or what is being sold?  I'm going to assume what their plan to expand security visibility into their NMS (5620 SAM) is still on the table.  But their other partnerships might be what are being revamped
FakeMitchWagner
50%
50%
FakeMitchWagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/23/2014 | 1:50:08 PM
Re: outsourcing security
pdonegan67 - I see your point, but AlcaLu needs to do a better job articulating its message. 

As of now, it looks like a major mixed message. 
pdonegan67
50%
50%
pdonegan67,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/23/2014 | 11:35:22 AM
Re: outsourcing security
Yes I imagine those T&Cs are under discussion as we speak.
SReedy
50%
50%
SReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
5/23/2014 | 11:33:24 AM
Re: outsourcing security
Thanks, Patrick. That makes sense, although there must have to be some level of exclusivity to the deal, otherwise Thales could offer that end-to-end benefit to other vendors as well.
pdonegan67
50%
50%
pdonegan67,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/23/2014 | 2:29:09 AM
Re: outsourcing security
I think the rationale goes something like this. Solo, with what they have internally, ALU stands next to no chance of being competitive in the end to end network security space.

By selling out, allowing Thales to integrate the ALU capabilities into their portfolio, and then positioning the bigger end to end Thales-owned story, ALU will have something a lot more compelling. They won't own it (to your point) but what they will have to sell will be (a lot) more compelling than what they currently have.

That looks like the rationale but it's difficult to verify that since it turns out they're not hosting briefings as the negotations are only now getting underway.
FakeMitchWagner
50%
50%
FakeMitchWagner,
User Rank: Lightning
5/22/2014 | 7:25:57 PM
Re: outsourcing security
I was thinking the same thing, Sarah. How does selling their security division make AlcaLu more serious about security, either in appearance or actuality?
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2014
Salary Survey Report 2014
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Facebook: 30% of Users Are Mobile-Only
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/24/2014
Verizon Applies 3G Throttling Policy to LTE
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/25/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed