BT announces security innovations

BT Assure portfolio has five new innovations designed to help with growing risks of BYOD

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BT announces security innovations Wael El Kabbany says that by promoting intelligence and innovation through the BT Assure portfolio, it helps its customers to identify, implement and deliver security where it matters most.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 3, 2012

BT has announced innovations to its BT Assure security portfolio, which are designed to help organisations better address a wide array of security issues.

The innovations focus on the risks posed by the growing presence of personal devices on corporate networks, the large scale deployment of cloud solutions and the challenges of ‘big data', the large amounts of unstructured data inherent in contemporary commerce.

"The best companies understand that commerce is ultimately a trust relationship. Technical ecosystems can however sometimes fail to meet their ambitions, challenging the trust between companies, their customers, and their supporting players. Our customers face new opportunities to proactively lead with security, placing security firmly in the heart of the boardroom. By promoting intelligence and innovation through our BT Assure portfolio, we help our customers to identify, implement and deliver security where it matters most, building it into the heart of the organisation rather than just bolting it on. Trust needs to be backed by a continuous investment program in skilled people, as well as state of the art global infrastructure and security management systems. This is definitely the time to rethink the risk," said Wael A. El-Kabbany, Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, BT Global Services.

Assure Secure Web is designed to offer customers a uniform web access policy for all remote devices, whether employee- or company-owned, with one centralised and instantly updatable view, global reporting, and role-based control. According to BT, this means that there is no need to reach each device individually. 

The new Assure Analytics system learns as it runs, giving businesses the integrated information they need, when they want it, and leverages any kind of relevant source of data. It is designed to enable better decision-making about effectiveness of policy, internal or external usage of resources and typical threat/attacker profiles, all in real-time.

The third innovation, Assure Cyber, is designed to offer a higher-touch, more controls-oriented approach to security incident and event management (SIEM), allowing for analysis and reports that are fully interactive and customisable, streamlining incident response and simplifying lessons to be learned. 

Mobility Lifecycle Management is designed to cover employee- or company-owned devices, with granular access rules, role-based usage, remote wipe, and cloud updates as well as establishing a framework touching large populations of mobile devices.

Assure Evaluator allows customers and prospects to see how their state of security readiness compares to typical enterprises, and helps steer them towards the areas of concern. The evaluator is designed to assess the three elements of security; people, processes and technology. The output of the evaluator provides customers with a detailed view of their readiness in key areas which will help them to prioritise their security spend and activities.

 

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