Telefónica has joined with three other operators to create what they claim to be one of the top five cyber security providers in the world.

The Spain-based telco, Etisalat, SingTel and SoftBank have launched the Global Security Alliance, which pools their resources in a bid to protect enterprises from attack.

The four operators promised to share network intelligence on cyber threats and leverage their joint assets, which include 22 Security Operation Centres (SOCs).

The Alliance employs more than 6,000 cyber security experts and has over 1.2 billion customers in over 60 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

In a statement, it said it would “look into the possibility of developing new technologies such as predictive analytics using machine learning and advanced cyber security for the IoT”.

The alliance will also “consider developing a joint roadmap for the evolution of security portfolios and explore joint investments in security products and services, SOCs, platforms, start-ups and R&D,” according to the statement.

Andrew Schwabecher, Head of the Cloud & Cyber Security Division at SoftBank Corp, said: "Hackers have well-established and organised communities where they cooperate to produce cyber threats—it's time that the world's largest network of operators formed a global alliance to strengthen our defence against these attacks.”

The four founders said they were “open” to bringing in new members.

Pedro Pablo Pérez, VP Security at Telefónica and CEO of Telefonica’s cybersecurity unit ElevenPaths, said: “For Telefónica, it’s a major step ahead in complementing our ability to develop as an intelligent Managed Security Service Provider and to continue to deliver outstanding growth.”

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