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BT lauches advanced cyber security service

BT is piloting a new service in the US, called Assure Threat Defence, to help businesses like retailers better identify and react to sophisticated cyber security threats.

The trial comes as cyber attackers are increasingly finding ways around traditional malware software by using emails and downloands to gain access to retailers’ networks and databases in an attempt to steal information. The new service monitors network traffic and downloads, and enables users to identify complex infections across a range of devices such as PCs, laptops, mobile devices, servers and files. Once a threat has been identified, BT security analysts investigate the issue, evaluate the risk and notify the customer with details on the threat’s targets and associated cyber security information.

If the pilot is successful, BT will pursue a worldwide launch later this year.

Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, said: “Cyber criminals are increasingly creating custom malware that evades common signature-based malware detection methods. They will often use tactics like email spoofing and malicious web content to deploy their custom malware and establish an initial foothold in a target environment.”

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