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Telefónica: Alliances and acquisitions in cybersecurity

Telefónica has its focus on cybersecurity, and therefore has established new alliances and made acquisitions. 

At the last Security Innovation Day, Telefónica presented its strategic lines in this segment, in which it is furthering design and implementation of new technologies and services related to cybersecurity.

Thus, among most recent strategic moves we can highlight the purchase of the Spanish company SmartAccess, along with its technologies and brand, leader in digital solutions development and mobile devices biometry, and whose teams and professionals have already been incorporated into Telefónica. As well, at the start of 2014, Telefónica acquired a stake in Blueliv, specialised in credit card fraud prevention and information theft, and will integrate Blueliv solutions into its cybersecurity offer.

on the other hand, Telefónica has increased its number of alliances with other significant companies in the sector such as Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, as well as other public entities.

In the case of Microsoft, the Spanish operator and the American giant have established a global alliance to share real-time intelligence data applied to cybercrime. Microsoft has ample experience with eradicating malware and harmful programs, while Telefónica and ElevenPaths supply their experience in advanced searches for these type of threats.

Similarly, Telefónica and Kaspersky Lab have established a cooperative agreement in which Telefónica will incorporate the Russian company’s cyberintelligence services into their own cybersecurity portfolio.

Telefónica has also established agreements with the Guardia Civil so the armed force can use the operator’s commercialised detection services, as well as with Inteco, to implement cybersecurity services in Spanish SMEs.