Vodafone builds cybersecurity centre for enterprise customers

Vodafone Hutchison Australia is building its first Cyber Defence and Response Centre in an effort to help protect its enterprise customers from online security threats.

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has contracted NTT-owned Dimension Data and NASDAQ-listed enterprise cybersecurity firm FireEye to help it build its first Cyber Defence and Response Centre (CDRC).

The CDRC will provide event monitoring, threat protection and intelligence, and incident response to help protect Vodafone Enterprise and its customers against online security threats, as well as assist with the aftermath of an attack.

Vodafone chief technology officer Kevin Millroy, who transitioned from acting to permanent CTO last week, said Dimension Data and FireEye will provide the telco with additional security capabilities to boost its resilience against cybercriminals.

"The capabilities, maturity, flexibility, and scalability of Dimension Data and FireEye enables us to be ready and open to exchange threat information and knowledge with the federal government's Australian Cyber Security Centre, and ultimately contribute to protecting Australia's national security and economic prosperity from online threats," Millroy said.

In March, Vodafone announced the creation of a new global business unit, Vodafone Enterprise Security Services (VESS), dedicated to providing cybersecurity technologies to its enterprise customers including cloud-based protection for applications, management of network perimeters, detecting and responding to threats, and assessment of security.

In August, Dimension Data was announced as one of the recipients of the first round of the AU$6.5 million LaunchVic funding. Dimension Data will use the AU$450,000 it received to launch a cybersecurity incubator with Deakin University.

Meanwhile in September, Optus announced it was adding cybersecurity prevention, detection, and monitoring capabilities to its government and enterprise managed security services portfolio, with the solution running on the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform.

Two months later, Optus Business opened its Advanced Security Operations Centre (ASOC) alongside Trustwave, offering managed cybersecurity services to enterprise and government customers.

The ASOC joined Optus and parent company Singtel's network of security operations centres, providing customers with access to data analytics, automated incident response, and threat intelligence, backed by Singtel's 2,000 security professionals and "elite" response team known as Trustwave SpiderLabs.

Updated at 1.00pm AEDT, February 8, 2016: Corrected exchange FireEye is listed on.

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