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BT launches new managed security service to protect UK firms

BT launches new managed security service to protect UK firms

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BT has introduced a state-of-the-art security system to tackle the growing invasion of cyberthreats.

BT has launched its new managed security service to help UK businesses and the public sector better protect themselves from the escalating number and sophistication of cyberthreats. 

The overnight shift to remote and hybrid working has led to more employees and connected devices accessing sensitive data from remote locations. As a result, businesses have found themselves struggling to keep on top of effective cybersecurity measures as they grapple with the challenge of managing complex security architectures while facing a lack of skilled resource. 

The BT Tower, headquarters of British Telecom

This has led to a sharp rise in phishing scams and ransomware across the UK, with roughly two-thirds of businesses reporting a cybercrime over the last 12 months. The latest figures are backed by the new research from the UK Government, which has found that UK businesses suffer a cyberattack every 45 seconds.

In response, BT is stepping up its commitment to protect UK firms by extending its market-leading cybersecurity expertise. BT’s team of 3,000 security specialists already provides security solutions to governments and businesses across the globe, protecting its infrastructure and networks against 6,500 cyberattacks a day. BT’s new managed security service builds on its existing suite of solutions for customers to help them navigate and manage the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape so that they can focus on running their business. 

Dean Terry, MD of BT Enterprise’s Corporate and Public Sector unit, said: “As we’ve seen recently, cybercriminals continue to cash in on the pandemic, targeting a number of mid to large businesses with ransomware threats. Many organisations have had to radically change how they manage operations and data over the past 18 months, so it’s critical that they adopt cybersecurity solutions which provide visibility and protections across their entire estate.

“That’s where we can help as their trusted technology partner. Our managed security service offering will protect our customers in real time, so they needn’t worry about cyberattacks slowing down progress, damaging their reputation, or standing in the way of embracing new ways of working.”

The service provides customers with proactive monitoring that immediately identifies suspicious activity in a customer’s IT environment and blocks threats and attacks before they happen. BT’s managed security service also monitors both on-premises and cloud infrastructure to manage risk more effectively.

The new service is delivered by a dedicated BT security team and backed by products and services from a range of market-leading security providers including CrowdStrike, Palo Alto and IBM. 

Underpinned by BT’s award winning fixed and mobile network, the new cybersecurity capability will support businesses with greater levels of security and resilience at every level.

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