Telus is strengthening its security offerings by buying a Quebec City-based risk management consulting firm it has been a partner with for many years.

The telecommunications company said this morning it will acquire Enode in a deal that will be completed April 1. It will  enhance Telus’ Security Solutions division’s end-to-end provision of IT security for businesses in Quebec and across Canada, the company said in a release.

“We are delighted to take our long-standing partnership a step further and join this well-regarded national team, which shares our passion for innovation as well as our commitment to excellence, our customer-focused approach, and the creation of real value for the businesses we serve,” Enode CEO Martin Berthiaume said in a statement. “Our team of seasoned professionals will join the 180-strong Telus Security Solutions team.”

Enode has a staff of 42, Marie-Claude Cote, the company’s vice-president of innovation, said in an interview. In addition to consulting it also sells a risk management software solution called Sherpa.

“Telus has always made it a priority to provide exceptional security services, whether securing confidential data for a customer or supporting a major enterprise or government agency in developing secure networks and infrastructure,” said Yogen Appalraju, vice-president of Telus Security Solutions. “The number of organizations victimized by security breaches continues to rise every year. By expanding our capacity with the acquisition of Enode, we are strengthening our ability to protect our customers against web-based threats for many years to come.”

The statement also noted that in 2012 Telus (TSX: T) started a new strategy focussed on IT by spending $150 million to build new Internet data centres in Rimouski, Que., and Kamloops, B.C. These facilities marked a strategic shift toward the deployment of next-generation flexible and secure cloud computing technologies that allow companies to run and manage their applications using their own virtual private cloud server.

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