The emergence of new types of threats - from terrorism and organised crime to drug trafficking, mass immigration and cyber attacks - means that defence organisations alone are not fully equipped to contend with the changing risks.
Safety and security requirements now transpiring at the national, European and international levels reflect the expectations and demands of the world's citizens. Analysing and addressing the risks involved calls for expertise that encompasses rigorous methods, proven technological capability and the appropriate organisational and human resources.
This convergence between defence and security has prompted the need for new solutions and technologies that enable organisations to share existing information and communication systems whilst also ensuring the traceability of individuals and the protection of networks and infrastructures.
Thales invests a significant share (18%) of its revenues back into innovation. Combined with the company's solid skills and experience in security systems, which today account for 25% of turnover, this puts Thales in a unique position for addressing the requirements of public authorities by developing surveillance and intelligence systems, identity systems, etc., and for contributing to the dependability and security of large-scale critical infrastructure such as railways, energy supply networks, sensitive sites and bank information systems.