Francisco Cayuela Delgado
Allot Communications Ltd., a globally renowned provider of innovative network intelligence and security-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for communication service providers and enterprises, has announced that Telefónica España, the renowned telecommunications operator in Spain, has expanded its Allot-powered ‘Conexión Segura’ SECaaS service to protect small and medium-sized business (SMBs) against a broad range of cyber threats. MultiAccess suite The expansion also includes the new version of McAfee MultiAccess that includes privacy control capabilities for up to 10 devices. So far in 2020, the number of SMBs in Spain that have subscribed to the service has exceeded Telefónica forecasts by almost 3 years. Since the end of March 2020, despite the economic constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, customer demand has continued to grow in double-digits at monthly rates. Conexión Segura Conexión Segura leverages the Allot NetworkSecure solution to provide effective and immediate protection against phishing, ransomware, malicious third-party sites, and malware in both fixed and mobile networks. The solution provides recurring revenue that is shared between Telefónica España, McAfee and Allot. Conexión Segura also prevents users from accessing websites categorised as risky or inappropriate Installed in the core of the Telefónica network, Conexión Segura also prevents users from accessing websites categorised as risky or inappropriate due to their content. According to Telefónica España, during March and April 2020, the Conexión Segura service prevented the download of more than 1 million computer viruses, 168,000 pieces of malware and blocked 1.2 million pages containing malicious or suspect content. Enhanced cyber security for SMBs Small businesses (SMBs) are extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks and often lack in-house cyber security skills. Conexión Segura offers SMB owners peace of mind by protecting business and employee devices both in and out of the office and keeping inappropriate content out of the workplace with the Allot multi-tenant network-based security platform. “Naturally, we are thrilled that Telefónica España is growing their cyber security business so rapidly in the Spanish SMB market. The Allot network-based security as a service solution proves the importance for operators to provide secure broadband access to their business customers,” said Francisco Cayuela Delgado, Vice President of Sales for Telefónica and LATAM at Allot. NetworkSecure solution NetworkSecure, part of the Allot Secure solution suite, is the globally renowned solution in the growing network-based, mass-market cyber security category, protecting more than 23 million subscribers in Europe.
The Spanish SMBs subscribed to Conexión Segura Empresas have avoided more than 80,000 potential cybersecurity incidents since the solution was launched in May. Of those, more than 89% of blocks occurred when users tried to access risky domains or websites, as a result of ‘phishing’. Combating rising cybercrime “The service that Telefónica Empresas offers to its customers has been launched at a moment of high level of cybercrime, in which a new threat is created every 6 seconds, according to research carried out by Telefónica. Small and Medium Businesses are the preferred target for cybercriminals, due to their lower level of protection." Conexión Segura Empresas offers a scalable solution of the service that is currently being offered to large enterprises" José Luis Gilpérez, executive director for Public Administrations, Defense and Security in Telefónica Spain, said “Conexión Segura Empresas offers a scalable solution of the service that is currently being offered to large enterprises and administrations so that Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) can take a quality leap on their security policy.” Conexión Segura Empresas platform Thanks to the security technology of McAfee and Allot, respectively, Conexión Segura Empresas acts as a platform that, installed in the core of the Telefónica network, can ‘filter’ all the data that enter the company network, analyse their patterns and discard what is categorised as a virus or malicious software. This solution also prevents users from landing on websites categorised as risky or inappropriate due to their content, and avoids website impersonation, fraud and private data theft derived from scams. It also protects the company employees’ fixed and mobile devices in cases of device loss or theft, and when they are connected outside the corporate network. Cybersecurity solution “Our partnership with Telefónica and Allot has proven effective in providing protection for businesses, no matter the size,” says Jesús Sánchez-Aguilera Head of Consumer and SME EMEA, McAfee. “We believe that collaboration leads to innovation of the best cybersecurity solutions. Working together, we provide solutions to help businesses protect what matters, like customer data and intellectual property, regardless of the devices they use or the scale of their business.” We are enabling the company to achieve high service penetration rates" “We are very pleased to see the ongoing success of our comprehensive security service in Europe,” said Francisco Cayuela Delgado, Vice President Global Sales, Telefonica, and LATAM at Allot. “We take pride in the knowledge that in addition to protecting Telefonica’s customers, we are enabling the company to achieve high service penetration rates and customer satisfaction for this premium security service.” Data analytics This new service, with on average 100 new and existing SMB customers subscribing per day, facilitates the personalisation of the security solution throughout the company through its easy-to-use management portal. The portal provides data analytics for the company’s Web browsing behavior and allows them to set control policies.
Telefónica España, the Telecommunications Operator in Spain with a fixed and mobile network, together with Allot Ltd., a global provider of innovative network intelligence and security solutions for service providers worldwide, joined forces last year to deliver an innovative, comprehensive, network-based cybersecurity solution for consumers. The agreement was announced in February 2017. This initiative arises from the current market need for an advanced consumer-focussed security service. Telefonica España launched the joint cybersecurity solution as part of a service called Movistar Conexión Segura. Movistar Conexión Segura, a pioneering commercial service, leverages the Allot NetworkSecure solution and provides effective and immediate protection against malware in both fixed and mobile networks. Enhancing customers’ digital experience "Security is the next big opportunity for operators to enhance the digital experience of their customers. Our cybersecurity solution provides ‘peace of mind’ for consumers across Telefonica’s network,” said Francisco Cayuela, Vice President Sales, Spain and LATAL at Allot. “We are proud of our key contribution to the Movistar Conexion Segura service, now launching in Spain, and are excited with the forthcoming launches anticipated by other key Telefonica affiliates around the globe.” “With the launch of Conexion Segura, which leverages Allot’s technologies, Telefónica has become a disrupting force in the market,” said Agustín Navarro, Consumer Business Unit Director at Telefónica España. “We are excited to be a forerunner in offering a cybersecurity service with this unique mix of capabilities, bringing together protection of the fixed and mobile network.”