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Press release: BT enhances security portfolio with Darktrace’s cyber threat detection capabilities

DC15-108 (12 March 2015)

Enterprise Immune System technology to be integrated in BT’s security offerings

BT today announced that it is integrating technology from Darktrace, one of the world’s fastest growing cyber threat defence companies, to deliver next-generation cyber threat detection and intelligence services to the global market.

Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System technology, which is capable of detecting sophisticated cyber threats from within enterprise networks, will be added to BT’s security portfolio. The service will be available as both part of an integrated cyber security offering, as well as a point solution within BT's Assure portfolio of managed security services.

Darktrace will also be built into BT’s own enterprise security defences to protect internal assets from ever-changing advanced threats.

The “Enterprise Immune System” technology delivers intelligence-based security to organisations and security analysts. Based on advanced machine learning and mathematics, Darktrace’s technology builds powerful behavioural models of ‘normality’ for every device, user and network element. This enables organisations to detect live or in-progress cyber threats, whether they originate outside or within the organisation.

Darktrace brings an important new component to BT's cyber defence architecture, allowing it to take sophisticated real-time analysis and threat intelligence reporting to the global security market. Designed to help organisations across a wide range of industries and sectors, BT's cyber defence architecture empowers security operations centre analysts to regain the advantage over potential adversaries. It does this by giving them the information they need to better understand their own data environments, enabling them to monitor and mitigate the actions of sophisticated attackers as they happen.

The collaboration between BT and Darktrace represents a significant step forward in today’s business challenge of protecting data systems and corporate information assets, allowing organisations to proactively respond to a full range of advanced and sophisticated cyber threats.

Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, said: “Darktrace’s approach to cyber security aligns and complements our own. The addition to our Assure portfolio will strengthen our ability to defend BT and our customers against advanced cyber threats. Their machine learning and mathematics are extremely powerful in detecting activity that is abnormal and will be critical to our future cyber security offerings.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with a global leader such as BT,” said Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace. “BT has consistently supported new fundamental technologies to ensure it stays relevant and at the cutting edge of new developments and we look forward to collaborating with them to move the market towards ‘immune system’ style cyber protection.”

About BT

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 Darktrace

Darktrace is one of the world’s fastest-growing cyber threat defence companies and the leader in Enterprise Immune System technology. Darktrace detects previously unknown threats in real time using advanced machine learning and mathematics developed at the University of Cambridge to analyse the behaviour of every device, user and network within an organization. Some of the world’s largest corporations rely on Darktrace’s self-learning appliance in sectors including energy and utilities, financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation. The company was founded in 2013 by leading machine learning specialists and government intelligence experts, and is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and Washington D.C., with offices in London, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and Singapore.

For further information

Alan Ball
Global PR
+32 2 237 1762
alan.ball@bt.com