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2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

Cyber security

Cybercrime has established itself as a business model. Private individuals as well as public organizations, companies and the military are all at risk. Weaknesses in computer systems are often taken advantage of within hours of their discovery, with attacks being run fully automatically.

As a responsible ICT img provider, we are fighting this trend. Our business model includes guaranteeing our customers a high degree of security and effectively protecting the data and infrastructure of the people and companies who use our services from unauthorized access.

Protecting our infrastructure

In 2016, we established our new unit, Telekom Security, which began operations on January 1, 2017. Telekom Security brings together all of Deutsche Telekom's security departments under one roof. This gives us the capacities necessary not only to identify cyber attacks in plenty of time but also to respond quickly with countermeasures. Telekom Security focuses on internal security issues and also develops security solutions for consumers as well as business customers. With this approach we can provide our customers with the perfect security solutions along the entire value-added chain, from product development and secure, high-performing networks to high-security data centers, applications and individual consulting.

We are always working to develop new ways to defend against attacks. To help us do this, we opened our own Cyber Defense Center where we analyze online behavior patterns and develop defense strategies.
 

Cooperating in the name of security
Cyber security is a shared responsibility. In order to improve collaboration in the area of digital defense, we regularly host the Cyber Security Summit, in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference. The last summit was held in September 2016.

In 2016 we also held the first Magenta Security Congress. The event focused on new IT security trends and solutions. At the event we also presented our latest Magenta security portfolio, which offers companies an extensive selection of security services.

We also collaborate with research institutes, industry partners, initiatives, standardization committees, public institutions and other Internet service providers on a global scale. Together, we want to fight cybercrime and improve online security. We collaborate, for example, with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) throughout Germany and with the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) at a European level.

We publish our versatile data security activities in our annual data privacy report.

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Cyber Security Summit

We held the fourth Cyber Security Summit (CSS) in collaboration with the Munich Security Conference on September 19 - 20, 2016.

The 2016 summit was held in Silicon Valley. Around 100 high-ranking representatives from the worlds of science, politics, business and the military met there to discuss digital defense in an increasingly connected world. Topics under discussion at the summit included cyber defense, the future of warfare, developing standards and regulations for cyberspace, combating cyber-terrorism and the economic ramifications of cyber security.

Summit for the security sector: Magenta Security

More than 500 participants met in Frankfurt on November 29 and 30, 2016 to discuss the future of online security at the first Magenta Security Congress. Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom, spoke at the event along with internationally-recognized IT experts and a number of other speakers from Deutsche Telekom and partner companies. One of the guest speakers was Bruce Schneier, a leading expert in cryptography and computer security from the U.S. We also took the opportunity to present our new Telekom security portfolio at the event.

We are planning to host a second congress in 2017 due to the positive feedback.