Telefónica collaborates with Etisalat Digital to monitor threats on mobile apps and devices

Wholesale 21 November 2016

Madrid, November 21st 2016.- Telefónica and Etisalat Digital, two of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, announced today the extension of its existing agreement for Security Services. The agreement aims to conduct extensive research in monitoring and analysing mobile threats for applications and devices in both Groups footprints. This agreement in Security Services is part of the broader collaboration existing between both companies in multiple areas, under the framework of the Strategic Partnership Agreement originally signed in June 2011.

The extended collaboration was announced at the recent RSA Conference 2016 held at Abu Dhabi. This is an expansion of their alliance beyond their existing shared portfolio of Managed Security and Cyber Security Services.

Francisco Salcedo, Senior Vice President, Etisalat Digital said “Today’s announcement is significant as mobility has moved beyond devices, apps and online transactions to a connected ecosystem. This transformation has made mobile platforms vulnerable and an easy target for cybercriminals. The collaboration and the deployment at Etisalat Digital’s Cyber Security Operating Centres will enable both partners to provide a solution for enterprises to control fraudulent activity which directly impacts its services, brand or reputation.”

The tools and knowledge used for prevention of PC malware is completely different to mobile malware. A mobile ecosystem is extremely dynamic and cybercriminals are constantly evolving the tools and techniques used for such activities. They look for sustainable, scalable business models that generate revenue through fraud while defeating security enhancements introduced by Mobile App Markets on a regular basis.

Telefónica and Etisalat Digital will work with Tacyt, a cyber intelligence mobile threat tool developed by ElevenPaths, -Telefónica Cyber Security Unit-. Tacyt uses a big data approach for mobile app environment research and an enterprise-grade service to conduct full investigations, including mobile malware classification, attribution, categorization, and monitoring.

Pedro Pablo Pérez, Telefónica’s Global Security Managing Director & ElevenPaths CEO, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Etisalat Digital to conduct this in-depth research and analysis on mobile threats. Cyber analysts can use Tacyt for manual or automated search, matching, and investigation of different parameters (metadata) within iOS and Android apps. This allows the identification of potential ‘singularities’, a concept which refers to whatever data (dates, size, images, digital certificates) – technical or circumstantial –makes the app or its developer – as a person – singular or unique from others.”

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