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A1 Telekom Austria Group Taking on Responsibility by Focusing on Cyber Security

When thinking of cybercrime, the first thing that comes to mind is attacks on mobile phones, laptops or on activities such as online banking or shopping. However, millions of devices are now interconnected and all of them can be the target of an attack. There are countless threat scenarios and the possibility for attacks. Especially in an environment and time characterized by uncertainties, imponderables and crises, the resilience of systems becomes indispensable. For end customers in particular, there are numerous cyber traps they can fall into, which can then also potentially become quite costly.

From A1 Telekom Austria Group's perspective, the digital transformation that the company stands for and security go hand in hand. As a trusted partner, cyber security is one of the top issues and is strategically key. Accordingly, cyber security has a special value and importance and is more than just a must-have as part of the Group's strategy.

A1 Net Protect powered by Whalebone

"Cybersecurity is a mainstay of successful digital transformation and has a corresponding status throughout the A1 Group. To provide our customers with the best possible protection against cyberattacks and other virtual threats, we offer countless products and services and regularly draw attention to the dangers," says Alejandro Plater, COO A1 Telekom Austria Group. “As a leading provider in the CEE region, we naturally have the advantage of being able to support processes in defense with the corresponding sophisticated technologies”.

Threats do not only come from fake websites or DDoS and Ransomware attacks, but especially end users are exposed to various cyber threats in their private online activities, including fake news sites, fake dating apps, gaming platforms, and many more.

Especially in October, the international cyber security month, A1 Group points out the countless dangers and opportunities and warns end customers to be especially careful and attentive online, especially in the pre-Christmas period, because the number of attacks skyrockets and new and creative fraud schemes are used.

Security first in all areas

Sophisticated technologies and digital services help prevent cybercrime. In addition to secure networks, A1 also offers appropriate security solutions, internal employee training and consulting in the various disciplines.

In all virtual situations, customers, consumers, employees and partners are urged to take cyber security seriously, as it is essential for business success. Awareness must be created at a wide range and resilience must be increased.

Cyber security is part of A1 Telekom Austria Group´s overall sustainability strategy. Protecting against cyber threats that affect the health of employees and third parties is one of the most pressing challenges facing industrial companies, according to a recent global survey by Kaspersky.

"A1 Net Protect is a game-changing solution with ground-breaking results. It allows everyday internet users to stay safe no matter what kind of devices and apps they use. People are aware of the value of the product. The record high number of 28,338,483 detected threats to end-users of multiple A1’s companies in the CEE region last August reflects the growing popularity of the service and the vital role it plays in protecting end-users", says Richard Malovic, CEO of Whalebone.

About A1 Net Protect powered by Whalebone

Whalebone is member of the A1 Start-up Campus and a cybersecurity provider that prevents malware from communicating and downloading. It protects networks and users against botnets, ransomware, spyware and phishing. Whalebone intervenes regardless of the current “phase of life” of the malicious software: before the download, before the dangerous domain is accessed, but also when the malware is already on the device and tries to communicate with its Command & Control Center. Whalebone primarily focuses on DNS resolution at the network level and identity theft protection. The Whalebone protection thus covers all devices in the network, including those that cannot be secured at all because no suitable app or even an interface is available for its user. Whalebone is therefore also ideally suited to securing smart home gadgets, such as smart thermostats or cameras. The service is updated in real time, so users are protected against the latest threats at all times.

About A1 Telekom Austria Group

A1 Telekom Austria Group, listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange, is a leading provider of digital services and communications solutions in Central and Eastern Europe with around 26 million customers, currently operating in seven countries under the brand A1: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia.

Offering communications, payment and entertainment services as well as integrated business solutions, A1 Telekom Austria Group achieved revenues of 4.75 billion Euros by year end 2021. Around 18,000 employees and state of the art broadband infrastructure make digital business and lifestyle possible and enable people, companies and things to connect everywhere anytime. As European unit of América Móvil, one of the largest wireless services provider in the world, A1 Telekom Austria Group is headquartered in Vienna and gives access to global solutions.