Deutsche Telekom to launch secure internet service next year for SMBs

Telecom major Deutsche Telekom will launch a secure internet service next year for smaller companies.

The new service – in association with RSA, a part of U.S. technology firm EMC — is expected to assist SMBs to address issues related to cyber crime. The clean pipe project is in a test phase and scheduled to hit the market early next year, said Deutsche Telekom in a statement.

For a fixed monthly fee, small and medium-sized companies would be able to access the internet via Deutsche Telekom data centers, where content would transported via a secure data line known as a clean pipe.

According to Deutsche Telekom, only 13 percent of German companies have not experienced a cyber attack, and about a third of more than 200 companies with more than 1,000 workers experienced several attacks a week.

The global security technology and services market is expected to grow 8.7 percent to $67.2 billion in 2013 and to more than $86 billion in 2016, according to research firm Gartner.

As part of its plan to beef up security offerings, T-Systems, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, will offer corporate customers a range of security solutions, from consulting and analysis to dynamic protection against attacks.

The aim is to help detect cyber attacks much earlier and more accurately. The combination of modern IT security technology, expertise and access to data sources, such as the Group’s own early warning systems, makes it possible to develop new safety systems for corporate customers.

The cyber security partnership with RSA is a major building block for the development of the Cyber Security business unit. The new business unit combines ICT skills and security know-how from within the DT Group to offer a full range of security solutions to corporate customers.

“Thanks to the cyber security partnership with RSA, we can complement our know-how and further extend our leadership,” said Reinhard Clemens, CEO of T-Systems.

The service portfolio ranges from offering an analysis of individual cyber risks for companies, advising companies on cyber security strategies and architectures and all the way to delivering advanced cyber security services.

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