Telefónica has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Kaspersky Lab to provide cyber-security services to its worldwide customer base.
The Spain-based operator will incorporate the vendor’s threat intelligence services into its cyber-security portfolio to aid attack detection and response.
New services include the real-time detection of botnet attacks targeting users of banking or online payment systems, data feeds on malware and intelligence reports that take into account regional and industry specifics to highlight the threats most relevant to certain organisations.
The deal builds on a partnership the two companies signed in Brazil back in 2006.
Improving detection and response capabilities are widely regarded as the two key areas of focus for operators.
Telefónica is increasingly active in the security area as high profile cyber attacks hit enterprises.
In March, for example, it signed an agreement with Samsung to include the manufacturer’s security platform Knox in its enterprise portfolio.
Last year, it acquired security company Eleven Paths and unveiled a range of cyber security products for the retail and enterprise markets.
Speaking about the Kaspersky deal, Telefónica’s Security Global Managing Director Óliver Martínez commented: “This type of strategic agreement is, for us, a further step towards leading the security market, positioning ourselves as the best option to protect business and governments against cyber attacks with our unique threats intelligence service.”