Deutsche Telekom’s enterprise arm has partnered with security firm FireEye as it looks to offer its customers protection from cyber attacks.

The two companies said they will offer a managed service for corporate customers in Europe that will “quickly and effectively” protect them against threats.

In particular, they said the partnership will specialise in defending against complex cyber attacks that are not discovered fast enough by traditional detection systems.

According to a statement from T-Systems, US-based FireEye experts identified eleven zero-day attacks – ones that exploit a previously unknown vulnerability – mostly in standard programmes such as Internet Explorer or Adobe last year.

T-Systems CEO Reinhard Clemens (pictured) commented: "In a study produced by FireEye (source: M-Trends 2014), it found that when responding to breaches, on average, companies were compromised for 229 days.

“With FireEye, we are increasing the detection speed, enabling us to initiate the defense within minutes. Together we not only provide our customers with an alert but also detect the relevance immediately and can initiate targeted countermeasures.”

The partnership is part of the Germany-based operator’s attempts to turn around its enterprise arm after several years of falling sales.

In July, the company signed a partnership with salesforce.com to become a primary reseller for the cloud company’s CRM platform.

In the first six months of the year, T-Systems revenues were flat at €2.2 billion as it refused less profitable contracts as part of a deliberate strategy to transform its business.

The focus on security mirrors that of rival Telefónica, which has signed a similar deal with Kaspersky Lab and parternered with Etisalat to open a Security Operations Centre in the UAE this year.

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