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Vodafone builds Cyber Defence and Response Centre

Protecting critical information and infrastructure from cybercriminals

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has partnered with Dimension Data and FireEye as part of a multimillion dollar five-year investment to build its first Cyber Defence and Response Centre (CDRC).

The CDRC will provide around-the-clock advanced event monitoring, threat protection and intelligence, and incident response to arm both Vodafone Enterprise and its customers against rapidly evolving online security threats.

Vodafone Chief Technology Officer Kevin Millroy said the strategic partnership with Dimension Data and FireEye provides the company with a suite of additional security capabilities to ensure the company remains resilient against cybercriminals.

“Cybercrime is a topic that we take very seriously at Vodafone. We have partnered with the industry’s best providers to help us protect our critical information and infrastructure, as well as intellectual property,” said Mr Millroy.

“The capabilities, maturity, flexibility, and scalability of Dimension Data and FireEye enables us to be ready and open to exchange threat information and knowledge with the federal government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre, and ultimately contribute to protecting Australia’s national security and economic prosperity from online threats.”

The Centre will leverage Vodafone’s existing security investments, and will be powered by Dimension Data’s and FireEye’s global network of advanced security operations centres.

The CDRC service portfolio includes:

  • Proactive threat hunting: actively hunt for potential threats before an attack occurs
  • Global threat intelligence correlation: work closely with government agencies and industry partners to identify any global threats
  • Threat subscriptions:  focused on cybercrime and critical infrastructure
  • Vulnerability management: proactive discovery and remediation of any security weaknesses
  • Ethical hacking: systematically attempt to penetrate existing systems to exploit vulnerabilities
  • Incident response: address and manage recovery following an attack
  • Digital forensics capabilities: obtain, analyse, identify and preserve details involved in an attack
  • Crisis management: assist with the aftermath of an attack

FireEye’s Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand, Richard Metcalfe, said Australian organisations are increasingly recognising the significant risks posed by online attacks.

“These risks confront organisations of all sizes, and it’s critical we collectively improve our defences against these attacks. We’re pleased to join with Vodafone and Dimension Data to make the Cyber Defence & Response Centre a reality,” said Mr Metcalfe.

Dimension Data’s Group Executive Security, Matt Gyde, said cyber security is an enabler of innovation, and fundamental to the fabric of businesses in the digitally connected world particularly as the cyber threat environment continues to evolve.

“Vodafone has taken a significant step to address its customers’ ongoing safety, with the creation of the Cyber Defence & Response Centre which draws on the expertise and global presence of Dimension Data, together with FireEye. We’re very excited to be a part of the engagement that will create agility for Vodafone, and a differentiated experience for its customers,” said Mr Gyde.

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Notes to editor

  • VHA’s partnership with Dimension Data will be for three years, plus a two year option to extend. VHA’s contract with FireEye has been signed for five years.
  • Dimension Data and FireEye were chosen out of six vendors.

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