Sunrise counters increasing internet threats with cloud-based security from Secucloud

  • Posted by Real Wire
  • October 4, 2017 1:09 PM BST

German IT security specialist’s latest new customer: Switzerland’s largest private telecom provider

Hamburg, Germany. 4 October 2017 – The forward march of current consumer trends such as smart home and the internet of things (IoT) seems unstoppable. However, increased connectivity often comes with inadequate protection that can open doors to cyber-criminals – literally as well as figuratively. In order to provide its more than three million customers with future-proof security, Zurich-based Sunrise Communications AG has decided to implement cloud-based security technology from the German firm Secucloud. The solution’s powerful internet security functions, which include parental control to protect children, are now available to Sunrise customers on a subscription basis.

The headline-grabbing attacks in recent months are just one illustration of how much the internet threat situation has changed. They affected large parts of Europe and the US and involved cyber-criminals hijacking a huge number of connected devices such as routers and webcams and using them for malicious purposes. Traditional IT security, which depends on each device being protected with security software, is clearly reaching its limits in the age of IoT. Some smart devices do not provide any way of installing additional software on them.

Sunrise, the only Swiss telco whose technology infrastructure and operational processes are certified compliant with the international ISO 27001 standard, has already taken early steps to deal with these challenges and ensure it is well-equipped for both current and future developments. The company has extended its service portfolio with an innovative security concept for its customers that is ideal for smart devices and increasing levels of connectivity. Sunrise now offers users an efficient way to ensure the highest possible level of protection for their connected devices with very little effort on their part.

Convincingly efficient Secucloud technology

Sunrise set up a three-month selection process involving the solutions available on the market and tested them intensively to identify the one that best met its stringent requirements. Key criteria included future-proof, cloud-based technology as well as a high level of system scalability. As the company found that Secucloud best met these requirements and also stood out from the crowd with an attractive pricing model, it selected the German security specialist’s solution at the end of December.

Providing the highest levels of quality and security in its communication services is the number one priority for Sunrise. As many independent, market-leading tests have shown, the company delivers the best mobile network in the country. Sunrise is also the only Swiss provider whose information security management system is certified compliant with ISO 27001 throughout the enterprise. It ensures quality and security in all areas of its business and is seen as a pioneer for security in particular. Working with Secucloud enables Sunrise to implement all the technologies and solutions it requires to achieve its goals in this area.

The Secucloud solution has been available to Sunrise customers since late summer and benefits mobile as well as home customers. The service includes all central protection functions such as anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-phishing. Sunrise also plans to extend it with additional functions.

Efficient security in the cloud

Secucloud specialises in providing security for the internet of things. It offers a comprehensive, completely cloud-based enterprise-class security system for telcos and mobile phone operators that they can install directly into their network infrastructure. This enables them to protect their customers from all cyber-threats on the internet in a centralised way. Customers do not need to install any software on their devices, so no setup or maintenance is required. The Secucloud solution scales elastically and can protect over 100 million users effectively and in real time.