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Airtel ties up with Symantec to offer cyber security solutions

Partnership happens in backdrop of growing number of cyber-attacks in India as well as in the world

Kiran Rathee  |  New Delhi 

Airtel, Symantec, Symantec CEO Greg Clark with Bharti Airtel MD and CEO Gopal Vittal
Symantec CEO Greg Clark with Bharti Airtel MD and CEO Gopal Vittal during an event in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

As it looks to cater to the growing requirements of businesses in India, country's top mobile operator Bharti has partnered with to provide cyber defense to enterprises.

As part of the tie-up, will be the exclusive services partner for and will distribute the latter's enterprise security software, primarily targeting its existing enterprise customers.

The partnership between the two has been announced amid the growing number of cyber-attacks in India as well as in the world.

The government also has realised the importance of and is working on to strengthen the infrastructure of the country.

As per Gopal Vittal, the MD and CEO (India and South Asia) of Bharti Airtel, is becoming a mission critical thing for businesses in the country as cyber-attacks have become much more frequent and sophisticated.

Recently cyber-attack incidents like Petya and WannaCry disrupted systems across the world. Due to the immense threat, businesses are now investing in as they look to secure their operations.

Although did not share the revenue potential from the tie-up, but the company said it plans to leverage its strength in Business to Business (B2B) segment, wherein it has 2,000 large enterprise accounts, plus more than 250,000 corporate and tech startups. The revenue for Airtel's B2B section stood at Rs 11,000 crore annually.

Through the partnership with Symantec, will help its enterprise customers to secure their systems. As Indian enterprises embrace cloud applications and infrastructure, they require security technologies built for this new cloud-based environment to gain the upper hand on adversaries. "The partnership will give customers stronger protection and prevention, greater visibility and better control of critical assets, users and data," the company said.

"We are seeing an unprecedented levels of cyber crime and cyber attacks at the moment? The threat environment is more dangerous and complex than ever. The partnership between and presents massive value to businesses in India," CEO said.

Business has got a diverse portfolio of services including network integration, data centers, managed services, enterprise mobility applications and digital media along with voice, data and video.

First Published: Mon, August 28 2017. 17:38 IST