Thales wants to boost its sovereign messaging by partnering with OVHcloud

Posted on Apr 29, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Thales persists and signs in sovereign instant messaging with Citadel. The French group’s application for businesses now intends to nibble ground on its peers who target the general public, WhatsApp therefore, and other Telegrams, much better known than it, by entrusting its IT hosting – until then with its parent company – to his compatriot OVHcloud.

OVHcloud brings us flexibility and extension capabilities while ensuring that data will remain in France in a sovereign mode, which is important for our professional and institutional clients as well as, more and more, for the general public. », Assures Pierre-Yves Jolivet at Thales. “Made in France” and secure, created in 2016, Citadel claims “ several hundred thousand users »Who communicate with each other in writing or orally.

An answer to concerns

Alongside the 31 million French Whatsapp users, Citadel is a dwarf. But messaging plans to capitalize on growing mistrust of the American, which sparked an uproar after the announcement of new terms of use allowing it to share more personal data with its parent company, Facebook …

Less known, Citadel is of less interest to cybercriminals », Notes Philippe Rondel, member of the technological department of the software publisher Check Point. Encrypted and protected against unwanted spam emails from cyber-attackers, Citadel is a refuge for those concerned about the secrecy of their correspondence. Professionals, but also, and this is new, the general public to whom Thales plans to allow registration via a telephone number and no longer only via a company email, to attract it.

Professional model

However, our economic model remains focused on the professional world. », Assures Pierre-Yves Jolivet for whom one of the strengths of Citadel lies in the possibility of distinguishing the interlocutors who are part of a company and the others. While its voice functions are chargeable, the application is enriched with a videoconferencing system.

Still in the process of being certified by the National Information Systems Security Agency (Anssi), Citadel also wants to make a difference in the face of other French solutions. Like the application of the start-up Olvid for the general public, already certified or Tchap, developed by the digital department of the ministries in 2018, which considers Citadel too little ergonomic. A choice that Pierre-Yves Jolivet still does not understand but that he hopes to reverse. ” We have designed our technology to make it easy to migrate conversations from Tchap to Citadel the day the administration changes its mind. “.

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