BT opens doors to Paris cybersecurity operations centre


British Telecommunications (BT) has opened the doors to its new cybersecurity operations centre (Cyber SOC) in Paris and fleshed out its existing SOCs in Madrid and Frankfurt.

The Paris Cyber SOC will provide advanced incident detection, threat intelligence, orchestration and automation services. It has also been designed to meet both PDIS and European NIS Directive requirements, which would allow BT to qualify as a ‘Security Incident Detection Service’ provider. 

Under French law, organisations that manage Critical National Infrastructure can only contract with security providers that have the PDIS certification. BT says it is currently going through the qualification process.

“Our ongoing expansion of our security capabilities in Europe shows BT’s commitment to providing industry-leading services to customers in the region,” says BT Security managing director Kevin Brown. 

“We are increasingly regarded as the most trusted experts to mitigate cyber threats, and we’re continuing to invest and recruit in order to meet demand. Our services are designed to meet the most demanding standards in the world for cyber-attack detection, as well as the rapidly-evolving requirements of our customers.”

As part of the expansion, BT’s Cyber SOC in Madrid will soon relocate to new, purpose built facilities, with around 50 cyber experts due to be based at the centre. The enhanced Cyber

SOC will offer cloud security incident & event management (SIEM), allowing its cyber experts to detect and remediate cyber-attacks of all types, and to generate on-demand compliance reports with real-time status of organisational risk posture.

In July 2019, BT’s Frankfurt SOC will also offer Cloud SIEM services directly to customers. This, BT says, enhances the company’s portfolio of services across Europe and worldwide. 

BT’s Frankfurt SOC opened in 2017, providing a broad range of security services to regional and international customers, while ensuring their data is handled and stored in compliance with German regulation.

BT now has a global network of SOCs and 3000 security specialists. They protect BT against 125,000 cyber-attacks per month, as well as offering solutions to consumers, governments and businesses. 

BT says its latest round of investments will offer increased protection for customers who are looking to combat escalating levels of cybercrime while deploying new technologies based on the Cloud and the Internet of Things. 

BT SOCs help to protect customers through real-time intelligence sharing across BT’s global network of SOCs, coupled with in-country capabilities such as support in local languages and compliance with data protection regulation.


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