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BT launches cyber-defence service

BT Assure Threat Intelligence to offer tailored reporting options

BT launches cyber-defence service
The service provides 24-7 global monitoring of cyber-threats

BT today unveiled a new service designed to help its customers anticipate and defend against cyber-threats.

Dubbed BT Assure Threat Intelligence, the service provides 24-7 global monitoring of cyber-threats. The company said that it also provides customisable intelligence reporting, meaning that threats can be identified early. This, BT said, would allow customers to be proactive by developing measures to mitigate vulnerabilities before they 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 defence 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 organisations survive, thrive and keep ahead of emerging issues."

The service offers a range of pre-defined intelligence reporting options, along with tailored solutions to meet specific needs. The options - described by BT as "bespoke" - 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 said that the solution was being launched in response to the fact that cyber-crime is growing and cyber-criminals are becoming more sophisticated - particularly when it comes to DDoS attacks and data theft.

According to a recent BT survey, 59% of IT decision makers view DDoS attacks as being increasingly effective at subverting IT security measures. Meanwhile, 40% are not convinced that their organisations have a response plan to effectively counter DDoS attacks.

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