Telefónica and Etisalat have announced they are joining forces to open a Security Operations Centre (SOC) in the UAE.

The two operators said the SOC will offer a wide range of cyber security services to the enterprise market. Their existing SOCs Dubai and Madrid will be interconnected.

As part of the agreement, Etisalat will boost its managed security services portfolio through Telefónica’s growing cyber security portfolio.

Earlier this month, for example, the Spain-based operator signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Kaspersky Lab to provide cyber-security services to its worldwide customer base.

Last year, it acquired security company Eleven Paths and unveiled a range of cyber security products for the retail and enterprise markets.

Oliver Martinez, Director of Security for businesses at Telefónica, said the collaboration will improve the effectiveness of security services and the successful identification of new threats and vulnerabilities affecting customers.

He added: The agreement highlights the critical role that telecoms companies play when it comes to comprehensively managing the security and integrity of customers' data and operations.”

Abdullah Hashim, Senior Vice President, Digital Services at Etisalat, said the partnership will help to deliver “more reliable and intelligent managed security services and cutting-edge cyber security solutions”.

The agreement builds on existing collaboration between Etisalat and Telefónica, following the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2011.

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