BT enhances cyber capabilities in Europe with all-new Security Operations Centre

BT has announced the opening of a new Cyber Security Operations Centre in Paris, as well as upgraded facilities, new customer solutions and recruitment at its existing Security Operations Centres in Madrid and Frankfurt. These new investments in BT’s cyber security capabilities in Europe further enhance its position as a leading provider of security services in the region and globally.

BT’s global network of Security Operations Centres and 3,000 security specialists protect the organisation against 125,000 cyber attacks per month, as well as offering solutions to consumers, Governments and businesses (among them some of the world’s best known brands).

BT’s latest round of investments will offer increased protection for customers who are looking to combat escalating levels of cyber crime while deploying new technologies based on the cloud and the Internet of Things. Customers will benefit from real-time intelligence sharing across BT’s global network ofSecurity Operations Centres, coupled with in-country capabilities such as support in local languages and compliance with data protection regulations.

The Paris Cyber Security Operations Centre will provide advanced incident detection, threat intelligence, orchestration and automation services. It has also been specifically designed to meet both THE PDIS and European NIS Directive requirements, which would allow BT to qualify as a Security Incident Detection Service provider.

Under French law, organisations that manage Critical National Infrastructure can only contract with security providers that have the PDIS certification. BT is currently going through the qualification process.

Mitigating cyber threats

Kevin Brown, managing director of BT Security, commented: “The ongoing expansion of our security capabilities in Europe shows BT’s commitment to providing industry-leading services to customers in the region. We’re increasingly regarded as the most trusted expert to mitigate cyber threats, and we’re continuing to invest and recruit in order to meet demand. Our services are designed to meet the most demanding standards in the world for cyber attack detection, as well as the rapidly-evolving requirements of our customers.”

As part of the expansion, BT’s Cyber Security Operations Centre in Madrid will soon relocate to new, purpose-built facilities, with around 50 cyber experts due to be based at the new Centre. The enhanced Cyber Security Operations Centre will offer Cloud Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM), allowing its cyber experts to detect and remediate cyber attacks of all types as well as generate on-demand compliance reports with real-time status of organisational risk posture.

In addition, as of next month, BT’s Frankfurt Security Operations Centre will also offer Cloud SIEM services directly to customers, further harmonising BT’s portfolio of services across Europe and worldwide.

BT’s Frankfurt Security Operations Centre opened in 2017, providing a broad range of security services to regional and international customers, while ensuring their data is handled and stored in compliance with German regulation.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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