The technological change and increasing digitalization lead to new complexities and attack surfaces relating to cyber attacks. Conventional security solutions such as antivirus software & firewalls are suitable to defend basic malware that is known & documented but insufficient in order to prevent today’s highly sophisticated, dynamic & targeted cyber attacks.
In order to deal with such cyber attacks, Deutsche Telekom and its Cyber Defense Center changed the focus from mere prevention measures to a holistic management approach. This approach combines prevention, detection and reaction capabilities while constantly developing highly specialized analysis methods being adapted to the changing cyber environment.
"The things you do to protect yourself against cyber attacks are sort of like the things you do to drive safely: make sure your "car" is up to date on its safety inspections, and keep your eyes on the "road" and on the "traffic situation". In addition to emphasizing such good preventive strategies, we also give high priority to smart analysis," notes Thomas Tschersich, Head of Group Security at Deutsche Telekom.
The Cyber Defense Center/CERT (CDC) of Deutsche Telekom operates international Cyber Security Incident Management for the entire Deutsche Telekom Group and provides services for customers.
The main objective is safeguarding and expanding the security procedures for our internal infrastructure as well as for our customers.
In addition, the Deutsche Telekom Cyber Defense Center/CERT is the international point of contact for issues surrounding Internet security and Internet crime, in cooperation with following organizations:
- Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
- Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV)
- European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
- European Union (EC)
- Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA)
- GSM Association (GSMA)
- European Telecommunications Informatics Services (ETIS)
- Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST)
- Cyber Security Sharing and Analytics (CSSA)