All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Vodafone and BAE Systems team up to tackle mobile security threats

18 Feb 2013
vodafone

BAE Systems and Vodafone have teamed up to tackle the growing scourge of cyber threats to businesses in a five-year deal that will also see the launch of new security products.

The deal will begin with Vodafone's tablet and smartphone security solutions with BAE Systems offering the carrier's new cloud-based mobile security solution, Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager.

Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager is a cloud-based mobile security solution designed to work across all networks and blocking malicious content.

The service offers companies several security features including the ability to scan traffic to and from a company's mobile devices.

BAE Systems said the product would first be offered to Vodafone's 1,500 global enterprise customers when it's made available in spring 2013.

Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao, said the deal is starting with mobile as it is one of the key security challenges businesses.

"As a new generation of mobile-centric security risks begins to emerge, our customers are looking for our help to protect their businesses," said Colao.

"Our partnership with BAE Systems will strengthen further our commitment to meet our customers' increasingly complex cyber security needs."

In the future the partnership will also see the two research new security products for business in growing areas, like interconnected devices using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.

BAE Systems chief executive officer, Ian King said the joint research deal will help businesses future-proof themselves against hackers.

"These technologies are subject to the vulnerabilities of cyber space and we can provide the mobile marketplace with protection against today's threats and the advanced threats of the future."

Vodafone has also become BAE Systems' preferred global supplier of mobile communications in all territories excluding the US. This will include 35,000 employees in the UK.

The deal's announcement follows on from BAE Systems' previous warning that most businesses are still failing to properly address the issue of cyber security.

Speaking to V3 in an exclusive interview, BAE Systems Detica head of cyber security services, Tom Burton, warned that companies' strategies for dealing with cyber attacks are too knee jerk, with most alerting the hackers they are on to them too early.

Burton warned that companies must instead invest more heavily in network monitoring technologies that will let the spot and deal with cyber threats in a more covert manner.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Alastair Stevenson
About

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

View Alastair's Google+ profile

More on Security
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Microsoft Azure outage

Is cloud computing reliable enough for business yet?
17%
8%
17%
58%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
iPhone 6 is available in silver gold and space grey

iPhone 6 video review

The best iOS handset to date

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Solution analyst - Birmingham

Solution analyst - systems analysis / business analysis...

Junior Systems Administrator

JUNIOR SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR R ichmond: £25,000...

Technical Architect

Location: London (Westminster) or Gateshead Annual...

Networks and Communications Manager

IT Services We are looking for an IT professional...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.