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.
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