Vodafone has created a new business unit dedicated to selling cyber security technologies and advisory services to enterprises.

The new Vodafone Enterprise Security Services (VESS) division will bring together the UK-based operator’s current portfolio of security products under the leadership of Simon Church.

Church, who joins from NTT Com Security, will begin his new role as VESS Chief Executive next month.

He will oversee a business providing cloud-based protection for business-critical applications, network perimeter management, threat detection and response, as well as advisory services.

VESS will work with “a number” of strategic security partners, including BAE Systems with whom Vodafone has an existing partnership.

The announcement mirrors one made by Deutsche Telekom, which is set to launch a new Telekom Security arm next month.

However, the German operator’s new division is also working on products and services for the retail market.

Last week, meanwhile, Orange revealed it is in exclusive talks to acquire France-based IT security firm Lexsi.

[Read more: Why security-as-a-service could be the next big thing for CSPs]

Vodafone Group Enterprise Chief Executive Nick Jeffery (pictured) said: "Our customers know they face a wide range of cyber threats, many of which could materially impact their operations and brand.

“We know they're looking for trusted partners with the right expertise to stand with them and help them secure their operations from end to end.

“Vodafone Enterprise Security Services is designed to meet that important need.”

 

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