Ooredoo to roll out security solution for consumers

New partnership with Secucloud will see Ooredoo launch regional first in online security

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Ooredoo to roll out security solution for consumers Al Thani: "It’s just not possible to protect each device individually – instead, efficient protection needs to be centralised and delivered from the cloud."
By  David Ndichu Published  March 14, 2017

Ooredoo is to offer an individual cloud-based device security solution for all of its 138 million users.

The new security service will protect Ooredoo customers against viruses, dangerous files and harmful websites across their connected smart devices, fixed and business accounts, the Qatar-headquartered telco said. The Ooredoo security service will work by automatically blocking harmful downloads or files and alerting customers via SMS.

The security service will be provided by German security specialist Secucloud, who recently signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ooredoo Group at its headquarters in Doha.

Secucloud will provide Ooredoo with a cloud-based enterprise-class security system that the company will install directly into its network infrastructure. This will enable Ooredoo protect its customers from cyber-threats on the internet in a centralised way. Customers do not need to install any software on their devices, so no setup or maintenance is required. The Secucloud solution scales elastically and can protect over 100 million users effectively and in real time, the company adds.

Ooredoo is planning to make the security service available to its operating companies over the next few months, starting with Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.

Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Group, said:  “In the era of the internet of things (IoT), it’s essential to have protection that’s as powerful and easy to use as possible. For a long time now, people have had much more than just a single PC – they also have smartphones, tablets, smart watches and several other internet-enabled devices that need protection against internet-based attacks. It’s just not possible to protect each device individually – instead, efficient protection needs to be centralised and delivered from the cloud. We recognised this requirement some time ago and have developed the security service in partnership with Secucloud to protect our customers against increasing IoT-based threats.”

Ooredoo said the service will be offered in low-cost weekly/ monthly subscription plans.

Benefits of the cloud-based solution include minimum impact to device battery life, unlike other non-cloud based security solutions, as well as protection against virus and malware infections, phishing and harmful web files and sites.

Dennis Monner, CEO of Secucloud, commented: “In the European markets, we’ve had a great reaction to our security solution that is also easy to implement. That’s what prompted us to tackle our next goal – expansion into international markets. In the Middle East, as well as in the African and Asian regions, there is significant market potential that we can now leverage with this partnership. With the Ooredoo deal, another of the largest international mobile service providers has selected our solution, enabling it to protect its more than one hundred million customers from cyber-threats both, easily and effectively.”

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