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BT and Symantec announce partnership

The agreement will see BT’s end users benefitting from enhancements centred on the cloud and network administration.

Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security.
Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security.

Communication services specialist BT and Symantec, a global cyber security firm, have entered into a partnership that will see the integration of Symantec's technology with BT's managed security offerings.

Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security, said: "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."

The agreement will see BT customers enjoying a number of enhancements, which include increased visibility of incoming internet traffic and streamlined admin of network security and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Symantec is adding two new products to further support the existing Symantec Blue Coat ProxySG service, which will reportedly strengthen BT's Managed Web Security Portfolio. This will comprise of Symantec SSL Visibility Appliance and Symantec Cloud Service.

Mike Fey, president and COO, Symantec, said: "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. 

He added: "And the Symantec Cloud Service makes it possible for customers to extend our robust Blue Coat web security capabilities to their mobile workforce, protecting users and information on any device and from any location."