Security in the modern age: the ever changing threat landscape

Written by BT on 16 May 2017 in Sponsored Article
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BT takes a look at the shifting nature of cyber threats, and how organisations can detect and prevent them

Over the past few days, Europe has seen an unprecedented ransomware attack that has affected organisations in over 150 countries, highlighting the threatening landscape the digital world faces today.

Ransomware is a new class of malware that is proving to be the next big threat to IT systems and a lucrative means of extracting money from organisations and citizens alike. 

Like other forms of malware, infection often starts with a socially engineered email containing an infected attachment. It can also be spread via HTML links to malware download sites hidden in seemingly innocuous web sites.

Having visibility of these threats in time to do something about them is a constant battle. Threat intelligence is of paramount importance in understanding the growing attack landscape but crucially, if it is to be effective, it must be both actionable and acted upon. Having the right people in place with the expertise for a real-time response is vital.

BT has ongoing operations in over 180 countries supporting some of the world’s largest companies, organisations, nation states and critical national infrastructures. With 14 Security Operations Centres allowing us to provide high availability managed services globally that are disaster resilient. BT is trusted to manage the UK Critical National Infrastructure and some of the world’s most secure networks. 

To help the organisations we work with, we have recorded a short security update on the WannaCry ransomware attack.  

The BT security team has been working hard to protect BT, but also working with customers and law enforcement agencies around the world to help recover the situation. After all, the same experts who protect us also protect our customers.

This details the nature of the attack, gives insight on how our team have been working hard to protect BT, and gives advice to our customers on measures they should take to protect themselves.

BT is offering the opportunity to sign up for our free daily threat intelligence alert service which includes the key stories that our security analysts are gathering and evaluating around the clock in order to protect our customers and BT.

From our 14 global security operations centres, our 2,500 security professionals are constantly watching, learning, predicting and responding to the latest threats to protect our customers and BT.

If your organisation is in need of any help to identify current risks in your existing systems and processes, or how to better proactively detect and prevent internal and external threats, please contact us. 

How we can help

To read more about cyber security, download our report on rethinking the digital security threat: http://www.globalservices.bt.com/uk/en/point-of-view/disrupting-cyber-crime 

Sign up for our free daily threat intelligence alerts which includes the key stories that our security analysts are gathering and evaluating around the clock in order to protect our customers and BT.

Find out more about how to identify current risks in your existing systems and processes, or how to proactively detect and prevent internal and external threats

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About the author
​BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 20161, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,012m with reported profit before taxation of £2,907m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

1The results for the period have been revised to reflect the outcome of the investigation into our Italian business. Detail of which is set out in our third quarter results announcement published on 27 January 2017. This financial information is unaudited.

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