Vodafone Group and BAE Systems have announced a five-year partnership to provide advanced security products and services, with an initial focus on mobile devices.

"The first product to be brought to market as a result of the partnership will be Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager, a cloud-based security offering that will be made available to the operator’s 1,500 global enterprise customers in the spring," writes IT PRO's Caroline Donnelly. "The offering works by scanning traffic to and from a company’s mobile devices to protect users from malicious attacks and block inappropriate content."

"Vodafone will also become BAE’s main supplier of mobile communications globally, except for in the US," writes Computer Weekly's Jennifer Scott. "From July, Vodafone will provide services to the BAE Systems’ 35,000 employees. The companies are in discussions about Vodafone providing unified communications for BAE Systems in the UK as well, but the terms have yet to be agreed."

"This partnership is unique, not only in bringing together a defence and security player with a major communications provider, but also in its ability to help global enterprises realize their ambitions around leveraging the future of communications technologies in a secure manner," BAE CEO Ian King said in a statement. "These technologies are subject to the vulnerabilities of cyber space and we can provide the mobile marketplace with protection against today's threats and the advanced threats of the future."