The start of Telekom Security’s operating activities at the beginning of the year highlights two things. One, as a company, we need to be responsive enough to adapt quickly to new developments. And two, we won’t be successful with customers if we fail to integrate security into everything we do.
Everyone surely understands that trends such as big data, cloud computing and the Internet of Things will have a lasting impact on organizations’ security requirements. Unfortunately, some industry players have apparently overestimated their ability to protect themselves and their organizations. That disconnect has had consequences, according to the Allensbach Institute. Its latest security report found that, as of the end of last year, only 7 percent of Germany’s large and mid-sized companies had never suffered an IT attack. Over 40 percent of firms are attacked several times weekly, if not every day. The resulting damage to German industry amounted to 51 billion euros in 2016.
There is good reason to believe that the figures reported in the next security report will be different. Just not better. After all, cybercrime pays better and better every day. Just consider autonomous driving, the health care market or smart factories. Not to mention the technologies underlying them, such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, IoT, analytics and quantum computing. They open up entirely new fields of research and business that will attract investment: from plant and equipment to intellectual property to human capital such as creativity, expertise and experience. This year alone, for example, German organizations will invest 8.5 percent more in security than in 2016. However, before companies have a chance to nourish their justified hope in a healthy ROI, their spending in new technologies has spawned something quite different in the hearts of economic spies: gold fever. A frenzied desire to prospect, mine and extract everything of value.
We want them to come up empty-handed. Regardless of whether they attack us or our customers. And so we are pooling resources from all Deutsche Telekom units to form the Telekom Security business unit, staffed with 1,200 experts focused on two big goals that we feel are particularly important: To supply our customers with the latest, most reliable security solutions that are nonetheless simple, convenient and easy to use. And to do everything we can to ensure that cyber attacks have zero impact on our customers and their processes.
Increasing connectedness and the future ubiquity of sensors, which will have to be managed by the billion, are only two examples of attack vectors due to emerge in every organization. Not to mention less obvious vulnerabilities in security architectures that we can currently guard with our experts and services. From experienced digital forensic investigators to drone defense systems to the BSI-certified experts in our counter surveillance team – incidentally, the only one that Germany currently has. Clearly, the end-to-end integration of our security portfolio – from scalable managed security services to rapid-response services provided by our incident teams – is a step in the right direction.