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The telecoms firm BT has launched BT Assure Threat Intelligence. The company describes it as a new service designed to help organisations anticipate and defend against cyber threats from DDoS attacks to hacking and data theft. According to a recent BT survey of IT decision makers, more than half of respondents (59 per cent) said that DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly effective at subverting their IT security measures and 40 per cent are not convinced that their organisation has a response plan to effectively counter DDoS attacks. 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.

BT Assure Threat Intelligence has been created to provide round-the-clock global monitoring and assessment of cyber threats to help safeguard their electronic data. The service provides customisable intelligence reporting, meaning threats can be identified early. Organisations can then be proactive and develop measures to mitigate any vulnerabilities before they are exploited, the firm says. The service also offers remediation advice if vulnerabilities are exploited.

Mark Hughes, President of BT Security, said: “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. 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.”

Customers are also offered pre-defined intelligence reporting options which include a face-to-face workshop to identify at risk assets, any other intelligence requirements, advice on how to 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.

About the research

BT research carried out during May 2014 to explore attitudes and levels of preparedness towards distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The Research was based on 640 interviews with IT decision-makers in large organisations (1000 plus employees) across 11 countries – UK, France, Germany, USA, Spain, Brazil, Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Australia – and in a range of sectors -including finance, retail and public sector. The research was carried out by Vanson Bourne on behalf of BT. Visit:


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