07 Sep Telefonica continues cyber shopping spree with iHackLabs | Light Reading
The Spanish company is betting that cybersecurity training, at scale, will be big business going forward.
In the EU alone, there will be 300,000 vacancies for cybersecurity experts left unfilled by the end of 2022, according to a statement from ElevenPaths, Telefnica’s cybersecurity arm.
iHackLabs offers cybersecurity training through cloud-based training platforms.
These platforms simulate real cyber threat situations adapted to the specific needs of companies and organisations.
In 2018, iHackLabs was one of six companies selected to go through the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)’s startup accelerator.
The accelerator gives cybersecurity startups the opportunity to work alongside some of the UK’s leading intelligence experts over nine months, along with a 25,000 ($33,000) grant.
That year, GCHQ chose startups offering cybersecurity help to small business and home users. The two previous years, it chose startups angling at bigger-business customers.
iHackLabs, which is based between London and Madrid, will join ElevenPaths.
ElevenPaths saw its income from cybersecurity services increase by 26.5% in 2019, to 497 million (US$587 million).
ElevenPaths and iHacklabs have collaborated since 2018.
Telefnica Tech‘s chief executive, Jos Cerdn, joined iHackLabs’ board of directors in August.
“Welcome to Elevenpaths,” wrote Dr Chema Alonso, Telefnica’s chief digital consumer officer, adding “Let’s hack the future together.”
It is the latest purchase in Telefnica’s cybersecurity spending spree, which saw it buy Valencia-based cybersecurity consultancy firm Govertis in August 2020.
Govertis has offices in Spain and Latin America, particularly Peru.
The two companies had worked together since 2012.
Telefnica is Spain’s second-largest corporation, after Santander.
In Latin America, it owns the Movistar mobile phone brand, and it also owns the largest fixed-line operators in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.
It also is fond of joint ventures. In France, it operates one aimed at multinationals with France’s Bouygues Telecom.
Telefnica expects great things from Telefnica Tech, its cybersecurity, IoT, analytics, and cloud company. It says the business will generate 2 billion in new revenue in 2022, by strengthening its position in Europe and Latin America.
Along with acquisitions, Telefnica Tech’s collaborations right now include working with Siemens‘ Spanish unit, to offer combined IT (information technology)/OT (operational technology) cybersecurity solutions for Industry 4.0 (large-scale manufacturing using Internet of Things technology).
Its target markets include its current core areas, Spain, Brazil, Germany and the UK, with aims at breaking into the US as well.