Intelligent CISO Issue 43 - Page 9

BT launches transformational new security platform to predict and prevent cyberattacks
B exponential growth in the volume and complexity of cyberattacks , with new research from BT identifying a more than 50 % increase in malware traffic over the last six months . Alongside a global shortage of skilled security professionals , organisations around the world are struggling to keep a lid on evolving cyberthreats and maintain their defences .
SonicWall reports nearly ‘ unimaginable upward trend ’ in ransomware
S ransomware attacks through the third quarter of
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BT launches transformational new security platform to predict and prevent cyberattacks

usiness and public sector bodies continue to face an

B exponential growth in the volume and complexity of cyberattacks , with new research from BT identifying a more than 50 % increase in malware traffic over the last six months . Alongside a global shortage of skilled security professionals , organisations around the world are struggling to keep a lid on evolving cyberthreats and maintain their defences .

In response , BT is launching its most sophisticated cyberdefence platform yet – Eagle-i . It combines BT ’ s industryleading network insight with advances in AI and automation to predict , detect and neutralise security threats before they get a chance to inflict damage . The platform has been designed to self-learn from the intelligence provided by each intervention , so that it constantly improves its threat knowledge and dynamically refines how it protects customers across a multicloud environment .
Eagle-i will utilise an AI layer to provide real-time detection of issues and intelligent automated responses , enabling users to significantly speed up their reaction to security issues and outpace their cyberthreats . It is also uniquely able to integrate with technologies from across the security ecosystem so that organisations can both optimise their capabilities and spot any holes in their defences without having to replace existing investments .
Kevin Brown , Managing Director , BT Security , said : “ Security is now at the top of the boardroom and government agenda . Eagle-i leverages the latest advances in AI and automation to continually monitor , learn and evolve so customers can stay a step ahead of cybercriminals .”

SonicWall reports nearly ‘ unimaginable upward trend ’ in ransomware

onicWall has recorded a 148 % increase in global

S ransomware attacks through the third quarter of

2021 . With 495 million ransomware attacks logged by the company in 2021 , the past year has been the most costly and dangerous on record .
The US administration hosted a global ransomware summit in October to pledge ‘ all national tools ’ to stop cyberattacks on critical sectors . Leading governments , including the UK , India , Australia , Germany and France , as well as the European Union , attended . SonicWall ’ s latest research now confirms leaders have cause for concern .
Dmitriy Ayrapetov , SonicWall Vice President of Platform Architecture , said : “ The techniques deployed by ransomware actors have evolved well beyond the smash-and-grab attacks from just a few years ago .
“ Today ’ s cybercriminals demonstrate deliberate reconnaissance , planning and execution to surgically deploy toolchains targeting enterprise and government infrastructure . This results in larger victims and leads to higher ransoms .”
“ As we see it , ransomware is on a nearly unimaginable upward trend , which poses a major risk to businesses , service providers , governments and everyday citizens ,” said SonicWall President and CEO , Bill Conner .
“ The real-world damage caused by these attacks is beyond anecdotal at this point . It ’ s a serious national and global problem that has already taken a toll on businesses and governments everywhere . I ’ m hopeful that the recent global ransomware summit is the next step towards a greater response at global , national and state levels .”
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