Cyber Defense: FireEye and Telekom Partner to Defend against Cyber Attacks in Europe

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  • T-Systems expands its partner network
  • Detection and defense against cyber attacks in minutes
  • Leading "Managed Security Service Provider" in Europe with FireEye

Deutsche Telekom continues to expand its network with top companies in the IT sector. The business customer arm of Deutsche Telekom, T-Systems, today announced a partnership with FireEye, the leader in stopping today’s advanced attacks. The new partnership will specialize in defending against complex cyber attacks that are not discovered fast enough by traditional detection systems and is a further step in Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges' innovation strategy. In July, T-Systems announced its cooperation with for business cloud solutions. With selected partnerships, the Group wants to become the leading information and telecommunications provider in Europe.

FireEye and T-Systems will thus be offering a comprehensively managed service for corporate customers in Europe in order to protect companies quickly and effectively against IT espionage and cyber attacks. The solutions from FireEye supplement traditional defense systems such as firewalls and anti-virus programs that are unable to detect and ward off targeted attacks.

"In a study produced by FireEye (source: M-Trends 2014), it found that when responding to breaches, on average, companies were compromised for 229 days. With FireEye, we are increasing the detection speed, enabling us to initiate the defense within minutes," says Reinhard Clemens, Member of the Telekom Board of Management and CEO of T-Systems. "Together we not only provide our customers with an alert but also detect the relevance immediately and can initiate targeted countermeasures.”

FireEye is one of the innovation leaders in the area of cyber security. Last year alone, for example, the company's experts identified eleven zero-day attacks, mostly in standard programs such as Internet Explorer or Adobe. "No other provider of security solutions has identified so many critical security gaps during this period and worked on fixing them," explained Frank Kölmel, VP Central Europe at FireEye. "Together with T-Systems we are able to offer a Managed Security Service and thus unrivalled protection against cyber attacks in Europe."

Analysis of suspicious data in a secure environment Within this unique partnership FireEye solutions will supplement the "Advanced Cyber Defense by Telekom" (ACD) security portfolio that has been developed by T-Systems and is tailored to the security requirements of major international corporations. As a "Managed Service," T-Systems also offers the integration and operation of solutions at the customer and the monitoring and evaluation of events. The platform comes into its own in the event of "under the radar" cyber attacks, for example with fake file attachments in e-mails or with malware left on websites (drive-by downloads). One example: Suspicious e-mail attachments are first isolated and then opened in order to analyze the "behavior" of the suspicious file in a controlled environment. The examination of files and documents for malicious code always takes place in a protected environment that virtualizes the working environment such as Apple, Windows, Java, and Office. If critical security incidents occur, T-Systems specialists will take over the comprehensive forensic analysis, ranging from digital forensics and analysis of malware right through to the reconstruction of procedures and securing of evidence.”

Cyber security and cloud are growth areas Alongside cloud computing, cyber security is one of the growth areas of Deutsche Telekom. Together with the Munich Security Conference, the Group will organize the third Cyber Security Summit on November 3, 2014. The summit in Bonn will give representatives from the fields of politics and business the opportunity to join with experts in discussing strategies and ideas for enhancing security in the networked world. Ashar Aziz, founder, vice chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of FireEye, will be attending the third Cyber Security Summit of Deutsche Telekom and Munich Security Conference on November 3 in Bonn.

About Deutsche Telekom Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 142 million mobile customers, 31 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2013). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has approximately 229,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 60,1 billion in the 2013 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany.

About T-Systems Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 50,000 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers' core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around 9.5 billion euros in the 2013 financial year.

About FireEye FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways. The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 2,500 customers across 65 countries, including over 150 of the Fortune 500.