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BT launches new service that helps organisations combat cyberthreats

Zafirah Salim | Feb. 11, 2015
According to a recent BT survey that polled IT decision markers, 59 percent of them find DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly effective at subverting their IT security measures.

British telecommunication company, BT, launched today a service called BT Assure Threat Intelligence that can help organisations anticipate and defend against cyber threats, including protecting their assets, as well as customers' and employees'.

This new service is relevant, considering the findings of BT's recent survey of IT decision makers, which revealed that more than half of the respondents (59 percent) find DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly effective at subverting their IT security measures.

Another 40 percent said that they are not convinced that their organisation has a response plan to effectively counter DDoS attacks. Such failure to secure an organisation from attack can lead to data loss as well as significant business disruption and costs, reputational damage, legal proceedings and possible fines.

As such, BT Assure Threat Intelligence is designed to provide organisations with round-the-clock global monitoring and assessment of cyber threats to help safeguard their electronic data and protect the interests of their shareholders and customers. This minimises risk, enhances security and provides insight into future real and potential cyber threats so organisations have time to address any vulnerabilities and lower their risk profile.  

The service features highly customisable intelligence reporting, which leads to early identification of threats. Organisations can then be proactive and develop measures to mitigate any vulnerabilities before they are exploited. The service also offers remediation advice if vulnerabilities are exploited.

Customers are also offered a range of pre-defined intelligence reporting options, along with tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of their organisations. The bespoke options 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, as well as the defining of processes around how the intelligence is used and shared internally.

"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," he added.


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