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Press Release -- October 20th, 2014
Source: PCCW

PCCW Global acquires Crypteia Networks to address cyber security issues facing most organizations today

Companies can no longer go it alone on cyber security

HKT (SEHK: 6823) HONG KONG – October 20, 2014 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, has acquired Crypteia Networks, a European company offering innovative security-as-a-service solutions. Using patent-pending technology and a non-intrusive approach, Crypteia helps organizations of any size detect and respond to the new breed of cyber threats.

Headquartered in Athens, Greece, Crypteia Networks will continue to operate as a separate brand, while benefiting from PCCW Global’s international presence and extended customer base in order to accelerate its global expansion. The company currently has more than 150 customer installations in various countries, including the UK, Germany, and Greece. Its customers range from professional services firms and retailers to financial institutions, public sector and critical infrastructure providers. PCCW Global will offer Crypteia solutions as part of its managed network services portfolio to its customers worldwide.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said, “Organizations of every size need to adapt their approach to network security in order to combat the new breed of cyber risk, which includes advanced persistent threats, cybercrime, and other forms of attack.”

The worldwide Threat Intelligence Security Services market is predicted by IDC to be worth US$1.4 billion by
2018. 1

Cyber threats today can range from data theft and sabotage to attacks carried out by traditional crime organizations and even cyber terrorism targeting critical infrastructure. No organization or company is immune and, in fact, many may already have been infiltrated without their knowledge. In a February 2014 report, Gartner suggested that “organizations must assume they are compromised, and, therefore, invest in detective capabilities that provide continuous monitoring for patterns and behaviours indicative of malicious intent”.

“Existing security solutions such as firewalls, antivirus, and intrusion detection systems are insufficient for this new breed of threat,” said Mr. Halbfinger. “These traditional perimeter and network security measures rely on the threat having been previously identified and analysed, whereas the new breed of attacker is just that, completely new and never-before-seen.”

“At PCCW Global, we believe that organizations may not be able to achieve the necessary level of protection on their own. Building and running real-time predictive security solutions, and monitoring multiple sources of threat intelligence, is complicated. The threats are not isolated and therefore neither can the responses. In addition, increasing regulatory scrutiny and compliance requirements means corporations in many industries must ensure that they have taken all possible steps to protect and audit the integrity of their IT systems and data,” he added.

Crypteia’s patent-pending MOREAL reporting and alerting platform with Security Incident and Event Management features and solutions can be cloud-based, and used with any operating environment. MOREAL correlates and analyses customer network data, global network data, and aggregated threat intelligence, thereby identifying potential advanced threats. The service is backed up by Crypteia’s Global Security Operation Center.

Mr. Yiannis Giokas, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Crypteia Networks, said, “A key reason that many organizations are currently vulnerable is that most solutions aiming to combat the new threats are highly complex, costly, and time-consuming to administer. Crypteia was designed to be the opposite: lightweight, cloud-based, automated, and affordable. The Crypteia approach is non-intrusive, requiring no additional hardware or software, and uses data logs that most companies are already generating. This means that companies do not have to change the way they are currently operating, nor do they need to make large and costly purchases in order to institute appropriate protection and analysis. We believe such an approach is absolutely critical in ensuring that organizations of all shapes and sizes can protect themselves from the ‘unknown’.”

Mr. Halbfinger added, “With the acquisition of Crypteia Networks, PCCW Global can further provide a secure communications channel for customers accessing and protecting their most valuable assets via a service chain of managed network transport and connectivity, content delivery, and network security which will become increasingly integrated over time.”

Crypteia Networks was founded by Mr. Yiannis Giokas, an entrepreneur from Greece with an MBA from the Athens University of Business and Economics and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Athens Technological Institute. The company was recently named a finalist for two prestigious awards: the 2014 MassChallenge, a US based entrepreneurship accelerator, and the European Commission’s 2014 European Enterprise Network Awards.

The transaction does not constitute a notifiable transaction of HKT Trust and HKT Limited under Chapter 14 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

1 Worldwide Threat Intelligence Security Services 2014-2018 Forecast, IDC, March 2014
About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 130 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, international voice and VoIPX services.

PCCW Global maintains regional centers in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Greece, France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit ​

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

Together with the highly successful media business of its parent company, PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services across the PCCW Group’s unique quadruple-play platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.

For more information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel:     +852 2883 8747

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