BT launches new global cloud security services unit



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The company has been expanding its security operations centres globally and ploughing more resources into potentially higher margin enterprise security services over the last year.

BT has unveiled its Security Advisory Services practice, marking another step in the ongoing expansion of its cyber security capabilities.

The practice will offer strategic security guidance and solutions to organisations worldwide, “reflecting market demand for expert guidance” to “navigate today’s complex cyber security landscape”, said BT.

BT Security Advisory Services will be led by Tris Morgan, with around 300 members of specialist staff based globally. They will be supported by the wider BT Security team, which protects BT against 125,000 cyber-attacks per month and provides security solutions to consumers, governments and businesses.

“The new practice will help organisations at all stages of their security journey to assess and test their defences, and select the solutions that match their security needs – whether that requires building an entirely new security strategy, or upgrading their protections to combat the latest threats,” BT said.

Last autumn, BT opened its expanded Madrid Cyber Security Operations Centre to help meet growing demand for cybersecurity services in Spain and globally, including in cloud security incident and event management (SIEM).

Kevin Brown, managing director of BT Security, said of the new initiative: “The creation of Advisory Services is the next step in BT Security’s strategy. It recognises that the optimal way to safeguard any organisation is through a continual and strategic evolution of their security posture.

“Tris brings a wealth of experience of providing advanced cyber solutions and guidance to both the public and private sector, making him ideally placed to provide the strategic direction that organisations are looking for.”

The services provided will be grouped into four key categories of cyber threat; zero trust; governance, risk and compliance; and cloud security. BT Security’s ethical hacking team will also move into the new practice.

Last November, BT reported a drop in both sales and profits for the first half of the year. For the six months ending 30 September 2019, revenue was £11.47bn, down 1% – “mainly reflecting the impact of regulation, declines in legacy products and strategically reducing low margin business”, said the firm.