Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are increasingly targeting intellectual property of enterprises and carrying out espionage missions against political organizations and government; and are increasing in number. BT has beefed up its capabilities in this area, adding an APT-specific prong to its security portfolio.
The Assure Threat Defence is a combined offering of event monitoring technology and BT Assure professional services, specifically designed to counteract the growing threat posed by complex and targeted attacks by cyber-criminals. The service automatically monitors network traffic and downloads to identify complex infections across the full range of customer devices - such as PCs, laptops, mobile devices, servers and files.
APTs are, of course, capable of bypassing traditional security monitors which usually rely on signature-based detection tools. Assure Threat Defence eschews signature-based detection techniques to zero in an unknown and custom malware.
“Cyber-criminals are increasingly creating custom malware that evades common signature-based malware detection methods,” said Mark Hughes, president of BT Security, in a statement. “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.”
He added, “Traditional security controls can’t always adequately protect against these advanced techniques. Assure Threat Defence has been designed to offer organizations world-class resistance to address the constantly evolving threat landscape. It creates a secure and robust solution for customers across all sectors and of all sizes.”
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