BT turns to automation and AI for multi-cloud security launch

BT turns to automation and AI for multi-cloud security launch

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BT has unveiled a new security platform, which leans on artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to "predict, detect and neutralise" security threats before they inflict damage.

Eagle-i has been designed to self-learn from the intelligence provided by each intervention, so that it constantly improves its threat knowledge to refine how it protects customers across a multi-cloud environment.

Billed as BT's most sophisticated cyber defence platform yet, the launch of Eagle-i follows a spike in malware traffic over the last six months, which according to figures shared by BT has increased by more than 50%.

Kevin Brown (pictured), managing director, BT Security, said: “Security is now at the top of the boardroom and government agenda – yet many organisations are seeing their cyber risks increase to unmanageable levels. This situation demands a new, proactive approach.

"Eagle-i leverages the latest advances in AI and automation to continually monitor, learn and evolve so customers can stay a step ahead of cyber criminals,” he added.

The AI layer in Eagle-i provides real-time detection of issues and intelligent automated responses. BT said it is also "uniquely able to integrate with technologies from across the security ecosystem". This allows organisations to optimise capabilities and spot any holes in their defences without having to replace existing investments.

Brown, who joined BT in 2018, last year told Capacity about how such holes in defence can cause additional headaches for its customers.

Brown said at the time: “What I also see in the market is there are a lot of point solutions but there are gaps, and those gaps, as we see at the moment, are the vulnerabilities that customers are having to deal with. Somebody who has taken a DIY approach may draw on McAfee or Fortinet individually, but there is no point of integration. We know particularly if you take DDoS and ransomware at the moment, everybody is just trying to make hay while those gaps appear.”

The Eagle-i platform will now underpin how BT protects its global operations and provide phased enhancements and increased functionalities for all BT’s Managed Security Services.