Blockchain and the IoT:
Sopra Steria partners with IOTA
Paris, 9 November 2017 – Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, and IOTA,
a German non-profit Foundation, are combining their talents to create a framework designed
to optimise the security of connected objects.
Securing the IoT: a major challenge
The meteoric growth of the Internet of Things is a response to the constant demand for
connectivity and new applications: simplifying everyday processes while creating new
services. All sectors of activity are now impacted, whether health, transport or home
automation. However, such progress brings with it more rigorous levels of control and
verification: as denial-of-service attacks multiply, Europe is finding itself having to reconsider
the security of the IoT and the networks used to fight this scourge. This observation led IOTA –
a 100% open source innovation community – to mobilise the considerable know-how of its
contributors to provide solutions for these new security needs. Blockchain not only addresses
this need for security, but also practically demonstrates the tamper-proof nature of the identity
of the connected objects – a real asset of this advanced technology.
Sopra Steria and IOTA: a win-win partnership
With the shared goal of securing IoT-specific information systems, Sopra Steria and IOTA have
pooled their knowledge, skills and visions to create a framework.
With a pioneering track record in creating state-of-the-art Blockchain technology which is
mature enough to be deployed on a large scale, IOTA has convinced Sopra Steria of its value
thanks to its expertise in securing the links between connected objects.
For its part, Sopra Steria will not only provide access to a portfolio of specific customers within
the industry, it will also allow IOTA to leverage its IoT skills and resources. This will enable IOTA to
apply the full extent of Sopra Steria’s extended security know-how to connected objects.
Lastly, Sopra Steria has played a pioneering role as one of the first European integrators of
Blockchain solutions, with many implementations to its credit.
Ultimately, the aim of this partnership is the creation of synergies between IOTA and Sopra
Steria. Drawing on their respective skill sets, the two organisations aim to develop a range of
increasingly efficient IoT-specific Blockchain solutions.
“Cybersecurity for connected objects remains a largely unexplored area, and that’s where the
most potential for making use of Blockchain lies,” explains Alexandre Eich-Gozzi, Head of
Blockchain Stream at Sopra Steria. “After all, the IoT is now an integral part of our everyday
lives, and heightened security for terminals is an important issue. Benefits in the very near future
will ensure that the partnership with IOTA drives the large-scale rollout of this Blockchain
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Sopra Steria,” adds David Sønstebø, co-founder of IOTA.
“This partnership is confirmation of the legitimacy of IOTA, particularly with regard to the issue
of IoT security. We’ve been pioneers in developing Blockchain technology; Sopra Steria has
been one of the first to integrate it. So this is an entirely complementary partnership. We’re keen
to see the first practical results from this collaboration. ”
About Sopra Steria
Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, provides one of the most comprehensive portfolios of endto-end service offers on the market: consulting, systems integration, business line software development,
infrastructure management and business process services. Sopra Steria thereby provides leading businesses and
organisations with comprehensive solutions for their growth and competitiveness. By combining value added,
innovation, and high-quality services, Sopra Steria supports its clients in making the best use of digital technology as
they move forward. With over 40,000 employees in more than 20 countries, the Sopra Steria group posted a turnover
of €3.7 billion in 2016.
Sopra Steria Group (SOP) is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A) – ISIN: FR0000050809
For more information, please visit our website www.soprasteria.com
IOTA is a non-profit foundation headquartered in Berlin, Germany. It is one of the leading organizations globally when it comes to Distributed Ledger Technologies. The Foundation was founded with the goal of developing and
standardizing new distributed ledger protocols, and to bring together startups, corporates and governments alike to
innovate together in a permissionless ecosystem.
For further information, please visit: https://iota.org/
La Nouvelle Agence: Nathalie Morel, +33 (0)1 83 81 76 88, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sopra Steria: Anne Dussouchet, +33 (0)1 40 67 68 47, email@example.com