BT signs licensing deal with QiO Technologies for SATURN cyber analytics solution

BT has announced the licensing of the company’s cyber security visual analytics technology, SATURN, to QiO Technologies, an advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) software company.

BT developed SATURN to ingest and analyse huge amounts of data using AI, and then present a real-time visual representation of a network to users (including cyber security engineers). As well as being used extensively in-house by BT Security teams to protect BT as a whole, the technology forms a key part of the cyber security platform that BT offers to corporate end user customers.

SATURN combines state-of-the-art data visualisation with patented machine learning techniques, allowing cyber experts to uncover important data patterns and increasingly predict and detect cyber attacks at an early stage. It’s one of many technologies developed by BT’s Innovation Labs teams that are now available under licence to other companies, allowing them to enhance their products and improve business operations.

For its part, QiO Technologies delivers software that helps industrial engineers to simulate, predict and optimise business processes in order to unlock trapped productivity and improve safety. By re-purposing BT’s SATURN capabilities – which were originally designed for network security uses – into QiO’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Foresight platform, industrial customers will be able to analyse complex real-time data from machinery and sensors and use these insights to increase the productivity of engineers and data scientists.

Included in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant on Industrial Internet of Things Platforms, QiO Technologies works with global manufacturers and industrial operations including Rolls-Royce, the Lloyd’s Register, Saudi Global Ports and Bahrain Fiber Glass.

Tim Whitley, managing director of applied research for the BT Group, said: “This visual analytics technology was created by the BT Innovation Labs staff to help us tackle the growing challenges of cyber crime. It has assisted us to become a global leader in cyber security services. It’s great to see the technology develop beyond its original function to find wider applicability, enhancing the services provided by QiO.”

Baz Khuti, co-founder and CEO of QiO, responded: “The integration of BT’s innovative SATURN solution with QiO’s leading IIoT Foresight platform provides a competitive and cost-effective solution for today’s ‘Data Citizens‘. The solution enables domain experts and data scientists to explore complex data sets from different sources and rapidly identify patterns and relationships for further analysis, subsequently improving productivity, transparency and collaboration. This ultimately reduces the time and cost of data science.”

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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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