BT Launches virtual Chief Security Officer Service In The U.S. For End-to-end Enterprise Security

BT Launches virtual Chief Security Officer Service In The U.S. For End-to-end
                             Enterprise Security

PR Newswire

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 23, 2013

IRVING, Texas, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BT today announced the launch of
virtual Chief Security Officer (vCSO), a new managed service that provides the
full development, management and operation of an enterprise information
security team.vCSO is designed to help security executives address the
growing challenge of managing a world-class security function.

Information security is no longer a supporting role within IT organizations.
Security threats and risks are at an all-time high, with more cyberattacks
each day and the growth of mobility, social media, cloud computing and big
data in enterprises adding additional complexity to the enterprise.

With vCSO from BT Advise Assure, an organization can take advantage of a full
service that covers all the duties of a Chief Security Officer (CSO) at a much
lower cost, enabling them to better balance security demands with strategic
business needs.

"With the pace of change in business and technology advances today, it's never
been harder to protect your business. However, for most businesses, IT
resources are already constrained and there may be no budget to hire a
dedicated security professional," said Bas Burger, president of US & Canada at
BT Global Services. "While many companies are looking at how to build this
role into their future organizations, BT has already been thinking about how
to solve this problem. With our vCSO service, companies can get the expert,
board-level resources they need to drive security, compliance and governance
programs without a costly staffing investment."

The vCSO service is a flexible delivery model that can be tailored to fit the
unique needs of each company. The service is available on both a project basis
for specific security initiatives, including emergency scenarios, as well as
an on-going retainer for more long-term support. At the start of each vCSO
engagement, BT will conduct a full review of the company's security systems to
identify the current infrastructure and areas for improvement. Specific areas
where a vCSO can help include:

  oDevelopment, implementation and updates of global security policies,
    standards, guidelines and procedures.
  oReviewing current IT risk assessment processes and conducting Rapid Risk
    Assessments (RRA) to determine vulnerabilities in the business.
  oDesigning an information security program roadmap to support specific
    business requirements.
  oManaging and directing the team of security professionals and vendors that
    maintain the IT infrastructure, including network connectivity, Internet
    presence, applications and servers, clients, networked devices, wireless,
    telephony, e-business, IDS, anti-virus, authentication, authorization and
  oLeading internal management teams across different business functions,
    internal security councils and governance forums.
  oActing as a consultant and liaison to other IT groups on security matters.

The vCSO service makes it possible for companies to put BT's 25 years of
experience managing information security programs to work for their business.
vCSO brings world-class security expertise and industry professionals from BT
Advise Assure into an company's organization, making sure its IT investments
are in line with its business goals, regulatory challenges and overall
business strategies.

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About BT
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and
solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal
activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local,
national and international telecommunications services to its customers for
use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and
services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists
principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT
Wholesale and Openreach.

In the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group's revenue was £18,017m with profit
before taxation of £2,501m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group
plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT
Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
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