Cybersecurity expert Symantec and telecom operator Airtel have entered a strategic partnership to provide cyber defense solutions to enterprises. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will offer businesses in India telco services along with integrated cyber defense solutions.
As per statistics, India ranks 23rd among 165 countries on the cyber security index, with a score of 0.683. It is listed in “maturing” category, which refers to countries that have developed complex commitments to cyber security and engage in cybersecurity programs and initiatives. Given the rise in cyber attacks on enterprises and consumers alike, there remains a need for companies to join hands, and together thwart the spread of malicious code.
If we look at the global level, cybercrime has taken down even the most reputed companies boasting maximum security. From HBO, to Facebook, and Microsoft, all have been victimized at the hands of hackers. In India, Aadhaar database has repeatedly been compromised by malicious hackers, leaving the security of an individual’s biometric details, and address details, open for misuse. ALSO READ: India willing to have widest cooperation globally for cyber security: Ravi Shankar Prasad
As more businesses move to the cloud platform for applications and infrastructure, it becomes all the more crucial to protect the data using newer methods. The partnership between Airtel and Symantec will help India’s B2B segment address challenges of the cloud generation. ALSO READ: India ranks 23rd among 165 nations in cyber security index
“Increasingly sophisticated cyber threats with potential to disrupt business continuity are the new normal in today’s digitally connected world. Enterprises need to guard against these emerging threats and Airtel, with its experience in serving businesses with integrated connectivity solutions, is uniquely positioned to serve them,” Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said.
Symantec CEO Greg Clark said, “With this partnership, Symantec will expand its outreach in India exponentially and Indian organizations will be able to strengthen their cyber defense and respond to new threats as they emerge at a significantly lower operational cost, under one service level agreement.” ALSO READ: Motorola, Asus, OnePlus, 6 more companies receive IT ministry’s notice on data security
Symantec will utilize its global Threat Intelligence Services, Managed Security Services, Incident Response Services and Cyber Skills Development Services to protect enterprises from internal and external attacks. To put into perspective, Airtel Business serves over 2,000 large enterprise accounts, over 250,000 corporate and tech startups, and also has strong presence in central and state government departments and divisions.