For service providers around the world, security is a fundamental and integral part of what they do. With operations across Scandinavia and Asia, Telenor is no exception. The company connects 183 million customers, and each one of them expects secure connections. It’s a given. That’s a key reason Telenor Group and Cisco signed a Joint Purpose Agreement (JPA) to expand their innovation partnership. The JPA consists of helping Telenor establish a security framework architecture, expand their security solutions, and build new security services for their end customers.

Security isn’t optional

For Cisco, this is a multi-year journey with Telenor because when Telenor deploys new infrastructures, security must be built into everything they do. One of the first major milestones is the roll-out of Cisco Stealthwatch in all of Telenor´s business units across their telecommunications and IT operations.

Stealthwatch is a comprehensive visibility and network traffic security analytics solution that uses enterprise telemetry from the existing network infrastructure. It provides pervasive network visibility and sophisticated security analytics for advanced protection across the extended network and cloud. With Stealthwatch, you can:

  • Outsmart emerging threats in your digital business with industry-leading machine learning and behavioral modeling
  • Know who is on the network and what they are doing using telemetry from your network infrastructure

The threat landscape is changing rapidly. We’re facing adversaries that are moving and we have to move with them. The service provider world is essentially our new enterprise customer. A partner like Telenor can provide the security solutions and answers that customers need today at scale.

The network is watching

Stealthwatch uses the existing network infrastructure by turning the network itself into a security sensor that can see all of your users. This real-time visibility and analytics translate into actionable information that makes quick response to even advanced attacks possible.

Andre Arnes, CSO and SVP, Telenor Group said, “It’s a big strength for Cisco to be able to leverage Talos threat intelligence. That’s one important attribute of the scale of the partnership between Cisco and Telenor. We set some KPIs for how to measure and grow this service. We saw that we would not only reach the 2019 KPIs in 2019, but also the 2020 ambitions.”

Telenor is continuing to work with Cisco on the development of Cisco Umbrella, Stealthwatch, and Stealthwatch Cloud, the firewall intrusion detection and next-generation identity solutions.

Solving challenges and building trust

For Telenor, partnerships with Cisco and other global security players are essential to understanding and solving today’s security challenges. Watch the video to find out more about the collaborative way Telenor is working with Cisco to keep their network and their customers secure.


Dan Kurschner

Marketing Manager, Product/Systems