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BT launches first in series of managed security services for Microsoft cloud

BT has launched specific managed security and advisory services for Microsoft Azure Sentinel, which are the first in a series of managed security services offered by BT to support Microsoft’s cloud-based applications.

BT is one of the first Microsoft Managed Security Service Providers to have been selected for the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), with the two companies sharing a common vision for cloud services and offering market-leading security capabilities.

This is increasingly important as the need for flexible and scalable technology solutions drive cloud adoption.

BT will provide a managed service for Azure Sentinel’s scalable, cloud-native, security information event management (SIEM) and security orchestration automated response (SOAR) solution.

The BT managed service includes alert detection, threat visibility and threat response by combining data from the Azure Sentinel workspace with BT’s own expertise and extensive threat intelligence gained from protecting one of the world’s largest global networks.

Customers will also have access to BT’s Security Advisory Services which offer guidance to help organisations navigate the cyber security landscape.

The new service integrates with the existing data and security stacks in Azure and Azure Sentinel, further maximising these investments.

Using advanced cyber security tools, BT’s 16 global Security Operations Centres monitor data ingested into a customer’s Azure Sentinel workspace. BT’s cyber security experts will detect, analyse and mitigate threats across the customer’s Microsoft estate, working closely with incident response teams to protect customer data.

The service is available to a wide range of businesses and organisations spanning different industries across the globe.

BT Security managing director Kevin Brown says, “Global security threats are borderless and are growing all the time. So, we need effective cross industry collaboration on a global scale to gather and exchange the intelligence needed to protect our customers.

“BT’s collaboration with Microsoft is expanding further to recognise the combined strength of our security offerings and deliver industry leading solutions for our customers.”

Microsoft Corp global director of Cybersecurity Solutions Group Mandana Javaheri says, “BT shares our vision for encouraging cross industry collaboration to better defend against a world of increasing cyber threats and helping customers maintain control over their data.

“As a member the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), BT brings their cyber expertise to our vendor ecosystem and their unique threat intelligence also increases the advantages of Microsoft Azure Sentinel.”

BT works with Microsoft to provide cloud collaboration, infrastructure, networking and security managed services to help customers with their digital transformation projects globally.

In the coming year, BT is set to announce further managed security solutions to support Microsoft’s cloud portfolio.