Vodafone has announced a partnership with Accenture to help get small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) set up with better cybersecurity. The announcement comes just two months after Vodafone called on the government to reduce the rate of VAT on cybersecurity products for SMEs down to just 5%.
The two firms have created the Vodafone Managed Security Services portfolio that includes a number of tools to protect and help the recovery of firms affected by cyberattacks, something which has been on the increase since the UK locked down last year. The new portfolio includes Cyber Exposure Diagnostic (CED), Penetration Testing/Vulnerability Assessment, and Phishing Awareness.
With Cyber Exposure Diagnostic, businesses can better understand how they would fare against a cyberattack and identify where attacks are most likely to happen in their setup. The Penetration Testing/Vulnerability Assessment offering will conduct simulated attacks on IT infrastructure to identify vulnerabilities before they're actually exploited. The Phishing Awareness service helps businesses educate staff on phishing attacks, adding an extra layer of defence.
Commenting on the partnership, Anne Sheehan, Business Director at Vodafone UK, said:
“We’re delighted to have partnered with Accenture to provide best-in-class, affordable cybersecurity solutions to small- and medium-sized businesses, who often lack the resource or hiring power to keep on top of rapidly evolving cyber-attacks.”
Vodafone has said that its security portfolio will soon be expanded with Breach Response, Forensic Services, Managed Detection and Response, and Managed Firewall. In addition, those that sign-up for the services will get round-the-clock access to Vodafone’s and Accenture’s teams of analysts and cyber specialists. To learn more, head over to the Managed Security Services product page.