The global cyberthreat landscape is an environment that’s constantly evolving. With ongoing streams of new and evolved threats testing our security, keeping up can be hard work. BT, one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world and whose networks and services are a trusted part of the critical national infrastructure in the UK and the other 170 countries in which it operates, aims to help other organizations benefit from its experience using big data to tackle cybersecurity challenges.
BT’s latest security research showed that most IT decision makers think CEOs and board members underestimate the importance of cybersecurity—a dangerous thing to do in today’s digital landscape. Considering the breadth of the threat that we face today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. With viruses corrupting or deleting data, spyware stealing valuable information, and denial of service (DoS) attacks shutting down websites, there are many opportunities to penetrate cracks in security, which could spell disaster: as businesses become increasingly digital, more people have access to sensitive material or networks, exacerbating the possibility of a malicious or nonmalicious insider threats; hacktivists use the skills they learn on the Internet to shut down or damage businesses’ online operations; organized crime is becoming smarter with its cyberattacks; and some nation states are in on the game, their sophisticated hackers attempting to steal valuable information from businesses and governments alike. Thankfully it’s not all doom and gloom. For all the threats out there, there are smart, effective solutions.
Oliver Newbury outlines BT’s cybersecurity strategy and offers an overview of BT Assure Cyber—the big data solution it has built to protect its own data and help others protect themselves—which sorts through masses of data, stitches together subtle clues, and produces useful, actionable information for cybersecurity in a cost-efficient manner.
Oliver Newbury is CTO of BT Security, the organization responsible for securing both BT and its customers globally. Oliver is responsible for defining and driving delivery of the technical strategy and capability roadmap for security within BT to ensure BT’s own approach and portfolio of security products and services stays ahead of the constantly evolving threat landscape. Oliver leads an expert global team of cybersecurity specialists, architects, and engineers, whose role includes driving pull-through of innovative security capability, evaluating new security technology and partners, cybersecurity service design, architectural authority for BT’s security capability and portfolio, and the delivery of advanced cyberdefense solutions and services to BT’s clients globally.
Oliver’s previous roles include establishing and leading BT Security’s cyber-consultancy practice aimed at helping major global clients better understand their security posture with a risk-based approach to cybersecurity; the establishment of a specialist Cyber Defence Services organization within BT providing a full spectrum of cyberdefense services to the government and defense sectors and working closely with the UK government to deliver the UK National Cyber Security Strategy. Earlier in his career, Oliver gained a broad base of technical expertise across software architecture, high-speed packet processing, complex systems engineering, service provider networking, security architecture, network forensics, malware analysis, big data, and data science.
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