British defence contractor BAE Systems has signed a five-year strategic agreement with mobile communications provider, Vodafone Group, to offer advanced cybersecurity products and services to its customers.
Aimed at boosting the company's cyber and security business, BAE Systems Detica, the agreement includes delivery of a range of advanced communications security products and services, such as smartphones and tablets, for businesses worldwide.
BAE Systems CEO Ian King said the partnership aimed to help global enterprises realise their ambitions around using future communications technologies in a secure manner.
"These technologies are subject to the vulnerabilities of cyberspace and we can provide the mobile marketplace with protection against today's threats and the advanced threats of the future," King added.
Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao said: "Our partnership with BAE Systems will strengthen further our commitment to meet our customers' increasingly complex cybersecurity needs."
A new cloud-based mobile security solution, called Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager, will be the first commercial element under the agreement, which will initially be rolled out to Vodafone's 1,500 global enterprise customers in the next few months of 2013.
The solution is capable of working across all networks, scanning traffic to and from a company's mobile devices to protecting against malicious attacks and block inappropriate content without modifying device performance.
In addition, the agreement also provides companies with a framework to explore an array of joint security products for other business areas, such as interconnected devices using machine-to-machine (M2M) technology.
BAE has also selected Vodafone as its preferred global mobile communications supplier, which will see provision of services to its 35,000 UK employees from July, followed by expansion to the global workforce, excluding the US, over the course of the contract.
Image: BAE-Vodafone partnership will protect smartphones and tablets against cyber attacks. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.