Mobile phone giant O2 has teamed up with a UK defence contractor to improve its capabilities in the event of a cyber attack.
BAE Systems will offer customers a “device to cloud” security service, while O2’s customers will receive protection via a “stand-alone security solution” that works with all Wi-Fi, fixed line and mobile networks.
O2’s MD of enterprise and public sector business, Billy D’Arcy, said:
“Our customers tell us that cyber-crime is among their top security concerns.
“This partnership enables us to expand our security offering, providing access to BAE Systems’ unparalleled cyber security expertise.”
In December 2016, BAE Systems, establish in 1989 after the merger of Marconi and British Aerospace, offered details of its plans to spend big in cyber security. The firm said that one in three of its staff with a degree would focus solely on providing services related to cyber security.
The fact that a firm such as BAE is placing such heavy emphasis on cyber security bodes well for those seeking employment with larger organisations within the industry, such as cyber security analyst or network security jobs.
The general manager of BAE, Scott McVicar, offered further information on what can be expected from the new partnership. He said:
“Our enterprise managed security solution protects any internet-enabled device, and it always has a human in the loop when it comes to threat detection and remediation.”
He concluded that this would help the company to recognise threats facing O2 customers before they get a chance to become critical.
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