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BAE, Vodafone Join in Cybersecurity Partnership

Feb. 18, 2013 - 12:00PM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
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LONDON — BAE Systems Detica has signed a cybersecurity partnering deal with communications provider Vodafone to protect smartphones, tablets and other systems from attacks by hackers.

The five-year tie-up is scheduled to get underway in the next three months with the launch of a cloud-based mobile security system known as the Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager.

In a statement released Sunday, the two companies said the system will work across all networks scanning traffic to and from a company’s mobile devices to safeguard against malicious attacks and block inappropriate content.

The system is initially being made available to the Vodafone’s 1,500 largest global customers. The company is one of the world’s largest communications providers.

The deal also opens the possibility the two companies will explore a range of joint security products for other business areas, including “interconnected devices using machine-to-machine technology,” the statement said.

Vodafone will become BAE’s preferred mobile communications supplier worldwide, excluding the U.S.

BAE Chief Executive Ian King said the partnership was “unique, not only in bringing together a defense and security player with a major communications provider, but also in its ability to help global enterprises realize their ambitions around leveraging the future of communications technologies in a secure manner.”

The announcement comes just before BAE’s Thursday announcement of 2012 results, which are expected to be dented by the company’s failure to settle negotiations with Saudi Arabia over a price amendment related to a sale of Typhoon fast jets to the gulf state.

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