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BT and Symantec to enhance protection of network traffic and simplify security management

DC17-066 (14 February 2017)

Customers to benefit from enhanced cloud security and simplified network administration

BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, and Symantec, the world’s leading cyber security company, today announced the integration of Symantec’s latest technology into BT’s portfolio of managed security services.

With this new agreement, BT customers will benefit from enhanced visibility of incoming internet traffic and from simplified administration of network security and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Two new Symantec products will complement the existing Symantec Blue Coat ProxySG service to bolster BT’s Managed Web Security portfolio: Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance and Symantec Cloud Service.

Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance enables organisations to cost-effectively eliminate blind spots that come with the lack of insight into encrypted data traffic on networks. Considering approximately half of all internet traffic today is encrypted, this can create a large gap in an organisation’s security posture. With SSL Visibility Appliance, customers gain the visibility and control they need over encrypted traffic to help ensure compliance with their privacy, regulatory and acceptable use policies.

Symantec Cloud Service provides global coverage and helps ensure always-on security for user devices against malware, viruses and advanced threats. It leverages real-time intelligence from Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network, the world’s largest civilian threat intelligence network, which harnesses data from more than 1 billion web requests, 2 billion emails, and 175 million endpoints to update security controls with comprehensive threat telemetry in real-time.

The agreement announced today also enables access to the Symantec Management Centre platform required for the new Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance and Symantec Cloud Service. This replaces the current Blue Coat Director capability, which will continue to be supported until at least 2020 for existing customers.

Mike Fey, president and Chief Operating Officer, Symantec

Expanding Symantec’s capabilities within BT’s portfolio will provide BT customers a comprehensive service that is needed in today’s cyber security environment. By providing dedicated SSL visibility we can combat security threats hidden in encrypted traffic so that customers can focus on critical business priorities.  And the Symantec Cloud Service makes it possible for customers to extend our robust Blue Coat web security capabilities to their mobile workforce, helping to protect users and information on any device and from any location.”
- Mike Fey, president and Chief Operating Officer, Symantec

Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security

Monitoring network environments has become increasingly complex over the last few years, and improving visibility of encrypted traffic activity and identifying blind spots is vital for a safe and secure business. Our agreement with Symantec helps address this issue and is a new step in providing a full, comprehensive package that equips Chief Information Security Officers with the administrative tools needed to monitor their networks.”
- Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most important data wherever it lives. Organizations across the world look to Symantec for strategic, integrated solutions to defend against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, cloud and infrastructure. Likewise, a global community of more than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton suite of products for protection at home and across all of their devices. Symantec operates one of the world’s largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to see and protect against the most advanced threats. For additional information, please visit http://www.symantec.com/ or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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Alan Ball, Global PR.