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BT launches new Managed Security Service for UK firms and public sector

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The operator's enterprise unit says organisations face a cyber-attack every 45 seconds.

BT’s Enterprise unit launched a new Managed Security Service, to help UK businesses and the public sector better protect themselves from the escalating number and sophistication of cyber threats.
 
The overnight shift to remote and hybrid working prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more employees and connected devices accessing sensitive data from remote locations.

As a result, businesses are struggling to deploy and update effective cyber security measures and lack the necessary skilled resources.
 
This had led to a sharp rise in phishing scams and ransomware in the UK, with roughly two-thirds of mid-large businesses reporting a cyber-crime over the last 12 months. The latest figures are backed by the new research from UK Government, which has found that UK businesses suffer a cyber-attack every 45 seconds.
 
BT’s team of 3,000 security specialists already provides security solutions to governments and businesses across the globe, including some of the world’s best-known brands, as well as protecting its infrastructure and networks against 6,500 cyber-attacks a day.

BT’s new Managed Security Service builds on its suite of solutions for enterprise customers, providing 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 monitors both on-premises and cloud infrastructure to manage risk regardless of how employees connect with offices or mobile staff, with cloud, or across multiple locations globally.
 
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.