BAE Systems has signed a five-year deal with Vodafone which will see the companies produce and sell mobile security products.
Focusing on smartphones and tablets to begin with, the partnership will build on BAE’s existing cyber security arm – BAE Systems Detica – and benefit Vodafone’s largest enterprise customers, with its 1,500 biggest getting access to the solutions.
Vodafone will also become BAE’s main supplier of mobile communications globally, except for in the US. From July, Vodafone will provide services to the BAE Systems’ 35,000 employees. The companies are in discussions about Vodafone providing unified communications for BAE Systems in the UK as well, but the terms have yet to be agreed.
“This partnership is unique, not only in bringing together a defence and security player with a major communications provider, but also in its ability to help global enterprises realise their ambitions around leveraging the future of communications technologies in a secure manner,” said Ian King, CEO of BAE Systems.
“These technologies are subject to the vulnerabilities of cyber space and we can provide the mobile marketplace with protection against today’s threats and the advanced threats of the future.”
The first product BAE and Vodafone will bring to market is a cloud-based system called Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager. It scans all networks used by corporate mobile devices and blocks any malicious traffic, as well as content deemed inappropriate by the enterprise.
Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager will launch in Spring, but there are no details of any further projects being made public.
“As a new generation of mobile-centric security risks begins to emerge, our customers are looking for our help to protect their businesses,” added Vittorio Colao, CEO of the Vodafone Group.
“Our partnership with BAE Systems will strengthen further our commitment to meet our customers’ increasingly complex cyber security needs.”