Enterprises need to be prepared for the number of attacks on their networks and IT systems to increase, according to the Managing Director of T-Systems’ Telecommunications division.

Patrick Molck-Ude said the number of attacks is “increasing in volume” and that there was a long way to go before they might peak.

Deutsche Telekom’s enterprise arm is making security a key plank of its strategy as it looks to grow revenues following an organisational restructure earlier this year.

It has a wide portfolio of solutions, from risk management through to securing networks, the cloud and mobile devices.

Earlier this month, it even discussed a wiretapping protection service it offers to enterprises wanting to defend themselves against eavesdroppers.

Molck-Ude said German standard security had become “more of a sales argument” in recent times and claimed DT owned the most secure data centre in Europe.

This week, T-Systems signed a deal to control access to Microsoft’s customer data.

He also said the approach companies were taking to security was changing.

“All CIOs are highly alert when it comes to security,” Molck-Ude commented.

“A few years ago everybody knew how they should secure their network or IT environments because there were some standards in the market.

“Now, with all the new threats you need to be aware on a daily basis what’s happening, analyse it and play this back to the customer.”

[Read more: Colt sees opportunity to help “vulnerable” CIOs in Europe]

The MD said while the number of attacks was increasing, the solutions used to detect them were increasing as well.

He cited a tool that can identify “special signs or words” on social media that represent potential attacks.

“It is exciting and threatening at the same time,” said Molck-Ude.

“If we have the experts who can analyse this [type of threat], customers feel we are a really strong partner on the security side.”

The executive said T-Systems was leaning on the “large number of people” DT employs to secure its own systems.

“We use the very unique skills that these people have and bring them to consult our enterprise customers and deliver solutions they haven’t seen before,” Molck-Ude said.

Further, the MD revealed that T-Systems is openly sharing insights about its customers with other customers.

“Everybody wants to know what’s happening and what other people are doing,” he said.

“We have a closed shop of customers on a platform where everyone shares information with each other.”

Click here to read our Q&A with Patrick Molck-Ude from earlier this week.

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