Deutsche Telekom opens doors on security operations center in Singapore

Deutsche Telekom is now offering cybersecurity measures in Asia via a new SOC in Singapore. (Pixabay)

Deutsche Telekom has extended the reach of its cybersecurity protection technologies into Asia with a new security operations center (SOC) in Singapore.

The new integrated cyber defense and SOC in Singapore is Deutsche Telekom's 17th overall. The Asian SOC is slightly larger than the one in Bonn, Germany, which Deutsche Telekom said is currently the largest SOC in Europe.

Starting on Thursday, a team of experts is monitoring the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) around the clock in search of anomalies and known malware. Deutsche Telekom's Telekom Security has a network of 620 physical and roughly 3,400 logical honey pot sensors to keep malicious attacks at bay. Deutsche Telekom is in the early stage of using artificial intelligence to evaluate the data from the honey pots, which makes the system "smarter" in determining additional threats.

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With today's businesses operating in hybrid environments, and with the increasing number of mobile workers, more robust security measures are needed. Service providers are constantly working on machine learning and automation for their security platforms as the threats evolve, and automation allows business customers to cut down on their 24/7 SOC staffs.

On average, Deutsche Telekom said attacks occur 42 million times a day with occasional spikes up to 60 million.The SOCs use Deutsche Telekom's correlated data feeds to detect attacks at an early stage. Once an attack is detected, customers receive information in real time and countermeasures are implemented at the same speed.

"Our 17 integrated Cyber Defense and Security Operation Centers around the globe are interconnected. "They analyze up to 2.5 billion security-relevant events per day in more than 3,300 data sources. Pre-stages of artificial intelligence help us to do this," said Dirk Backofen, head of Telekom Security, in a statement. "We are proud to bring our state-of-the-art technology and German data privacy standards to Asia in order to make our customers more secure in real time.”