* To offer SMEs filtered internet via secure data centres
* Global security technology market seen at $86 bln by 2016
* 'Clean pipe' product to be available in early 2014
* Product presented amid transatlantic spying row
BONN, Germany, Nov 11 Deutsche Telekom
said it would launch a secure internet service next
year for smaller companies that find it hard to pay for defences
against sophisticated forms of cyber crime.
The firm presented the plan at a cyber security conference
at its Bonn headquarters as a diplomatic row rages between the
United States and Europe over spying accusations.
Last month Deutsche Telekom urged German communications
companies to cooperate in shielding local internet traffic from
foreign intelligence services.
It said on Monday that, for a fixed monthly fee, small and
medium-sized firms would be able to access the internet via
Deutsche Telekom data centres, where content would transported
via a secure data line known as a 'clean pipe'.
"Hackers will have no chance," Deutsche Telekom's management
board member Reinhard Clemens said.
"Of course cyber crime needs an international approach but
we can't wait until politicians come up with something. We need
to come with solutions right now."
Addressing the conference, former Israeli prime minister
Ehud Barak suggested hackers would more than keep pace with
attempts to neutralise them.
"We ain't seen nothing yet," said former Israeli prime
minister Ehud Barak. "The offense is light years ahead of
defense and that is likely to remain so."
The 'clean pipe' project, in which Deutsche Telekom partners
with RSA - part of U.S. technology firm EMC - is in a
test phase and scheduled to hit the market early next year.
Deutsche Telekom cited data presented to the conference as
showing only 13 percent of German companies have not experienced
a cyber attack, and about a third of more than 200 companies
with more than 1,000 workers experienced several attacks a week.
The global security technology and services market is
expected to grow 8.7 percent to $67.2 billion in 2013 and to
more than $86 billion in 2016, according to research firm
EU telecoms commissioner Neelie Kroes told the conference it
was better to focus on increased security preventing or
reducing spying, rather than on legal efforts to ban or punish
"If you want to stop a burglar breaking through your front
door, you don't need a good lawyer, you need a good lock," she