Cyber security addresses ‘vulnerability’ of public services

BT is integrating technology from Darktrace, the global cyber threat defence company, to deliver next-generation cyber threat detection and intelligence services to security analysts.

Mar 25, 2015
By Paul Jacques
Graeme Biggar

BT is integrating technology from Darktrace, the global cyber threat defence company, to deliver next-generation cyber threat detection and intelligence services to security analysts.

Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System technology is capable of detecting sophisticated cyber threats from within enterprise networks.

Based on advanced machine learning and mathematics, Darktrace’s technology builds powerful behavioural models of ‘normality’ for every device, user and network element. This enables security analysts and organisations to detect live or in-progress cyber threats, whether they originate outside or within an organisation.

Last month BT launched BT Assure Threat Intelligence, a new service designed to help organisations anticipate and defend against cyber threats.

It followed a warning by BT’s business development director for government security Neil Mellor that the changing nature of public sector IT towards more flexible, mobile working has increased the need for pro-active cyber-security protection and analysis.

The websites of both Nottinghamshire Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were hacked and defaced last year, in both cases by a group calling themselves AnonGhost.

Although both were recovered after a short period, Mr Mellor says the attacks raised “serious concerns about the vulnerability of public services’ online presence at a time when ‘digital by default’ and the shift to online government interaction and transaction with the public is critical to public service transformation and efficiency”.

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