Telefónica fortifies SME cybersecurity with McAfee and Allot

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Telefónica doubles up the capacity and infrastructure to support its cybersecurity service for SMEs in Spain. (Pixabay)

Telefónica has doubled down on its cybersecurity platform for small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) by adding new features from McAfee and Allot. With the new features and capabilities from Allot and MacAfee, Telefónica said it has doubled the infrastructure and resources in its cybersecurity service for Spanish SMEs.

Telefónica first started working with McAfee and Allot two years ago, but has since upgraded the security capabilities several times by working with both vendors. The latest upgrade adds a new version of McAfee MultiAccess that has privacy control for between five and 10 devices, and the newest version of the Allot platform, which features a new user portal with more capabilities.

Telefónica's SME cybersecurity service, which is called Movistar Secure Enterprise Connection Service, protects Spanish SMEs by preventing employees from visiting dangerous websites. It also prevents the fraudulent capture of data and identity theft on fixed and mobile devices. The service is managed by ElevenPaths, which is Telefónica's cybersecurity arm.

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The expanded cybersecurity service is available to all of the companies that are already subscribers, new customers and for those that using the Fusion Empresas service, the latter of which is Telefónica's "cloud switchboard" solution that integrates voice and internet communications.

So far this year, Telefónica said the number of SMEs that subscribe to the service has tripled. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, customer demand has continued to grow at double-digit monthly rates.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Telefónica's SME cybersecurity service saw dramatic spikes in increased use as employees started working remotely while cyberattacks ramped up. From March to April, the service prevented the download of more than 1 million computer virus, 168,000 pieces of malware and 1.2 million page locks. A large number of the attacks in that timeframe came under the guise of demanding more information on Covid-19.