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Press release: BT launches BT Assure Threat Intelligence
DC15-024 (10 February 2015)
New service to help organizations combat cyber threats
BT announced today the launch of BT Assure Threat Intelligence, a new service designed to help organizations anticipate and defend against cyber threats, protecting their assets, customers and employees.
From DDoS attacks to hacking and data theft, cyber-crime is growing and cyber criminals continue to become more sophisticated. In fact, according to a recent BT survey1 of IT decision makers, more than half of respondents (59 percent) said that DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly effective at subverting their IT security measures and 40 percent are not convinced that their organization has a response plan to effectively counter DDoS attacks. Failure to secure an organization from attack can lead to data loss as well as significant business disruption and costs, reputational damage, legal proceedings and possible fines.
BT Assure Threat Intelligence has been created to provide organizations with round-the-clock global monitoring and assessment of cyber threats to help safeguard their electronic data and protect the interests of their shareholders and customers. It has been designed to minimize risk, enhance security and provide insight into future real and potential cyber threats so they have time to address any vulnerabilities and lower their risk profile.
The service provides highly customizable intelligence reporting, meaning threats can be identified early. Organizations can then be proactive and develop measures to mitigate any vulnerabilities before they are exploited. The service also offers remediation advice if vulnerabilities are exploited.
“We want to provide our customers with the peace of mind that comes from knowing what to look out for and how to create an effective defense against cyber threats. Timely and accurate cyber intelligence reporting is central to this,” said Mark Hughes, President of BT Security.
“As a global network operator, BT is in a position to identify emerging and potential threats wherever they may come from. We can draw on a huge amount of intelligence from a variety of sources, both human and technical and draw conclusions on risk and threat to help organizations survive, thrive and keep ahead of emerging issues.”
Customers are also offered a range of pre-defined intelligence reporting options, along with tailored solutions to meet their specific needs of their organization. The bespoke options include a face-to-face workshop to identify at risk assets, any additional intelligence requirements, advice on how to efficiently deploy resources and new technologies to meet current and developing threat vectors, plus the defining of processes around how the intelligence is used and shared internally.
BT Assure’s wide range of strategic partnerships with world-class organizations means it has an optimum intelligence gathering network. This includes nearly 2,000 security practitioners and professional service consultants world-wide. It is therefore also able to build a full picture of threats, analyzing data in 14 follow-the-sun security operations centers.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services.BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.btplc.com.
About BT Security
BT Security is building on 70 years’ experience of helping organizations around the globe and across all sectors get ahead of the threat curve and reduce the uncertainty and complexity of security. We provide an end-to-end capability to help organizations enjoy higher levels of security at a time when security budgets are not keeping pace with the threat landscape.
The sophistication of our security operations means that we think about the assets, the people, and the processes, and combine these with both network and security intelligence to help our customers stay ahead of the security risks. BT Security protects both BT and its customers. These customers are advised by a global team of 1,300 security practitioners, 600 global security specialists and a professional services team of approximately 4,000.
BT’s Assure Intelligence portfolio includes:
- Assure Threat Intelligence - a tailored regular report based service that gives unique insight into a wide range of global cyber trends and threats that could impact a client organization.
- Assure Threat Monitoring – monitors security devices across customer networks, alerting when known threat situations are identified.
- Assure Vulnerability Scanning – a service that proactively seeks vulnerabilities on customer systems so mitigation action can be taken before they can be exploited.
- Assure Threat Defense – designed to identify and block never-before-seen, advanced, persistent and multi-vector cyber-attacks which can elude traditional detection tools that usually look for already known threat characteristics (signatures).
- Assure Analytics - provides an intelligent visual interface for analyzing, filtering and classifying network data for rapid cyber security diagnostics.
- Assure Log Retention - will collect security event logs from all connected data sources and enable customers to produce compliance audit reports or search for specific events of interest.
To find out more about BT Security, visit www.bt.com/btassure/securitythatmatters
Notes to editors
1 BT research carried out during May 2014 to explore attitudes and levels of preparedness towards distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The Research was based on 640 interviews with IT decision-makers in large organizations (1000 plus employees) across eleven countries – UK, France, Germany, USA, Spain, Brazil, Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Australia – and in a range of sectors -including finance, retail and public sector. The research was carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of BT.
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