BT has moved to protect customers from hackers with its latest Assure Threat Defence cyber attack monitoring and mitigation service.
Assure Threat Defence is designed to help firms and security analysts more quickly spot and mitigate advanced persistent threats.
The service combines BT's attack monitoring technology and professional portfolio of security services, and is designed to automatically monitor network traffic and downloads for signs of attack.
BT claims the analytics tool will identify complex infections and malicious activity across multiple technologies, including PCs, laptops, mobile devices, servers and software files.
Once threats are spotted, BT security analysts will investigate and alert the customer to explain the nature of the attack and how to defend against it.
President of BT Security, Mark Hughes, claimed that Assure Threat Defence is more effective than traditional security tools as it does not rely on anti-virus signatures to spot malicious activity. The alert marker security bodies sign to threats as they are discovered.
"Cyber criminals are increasingly creating custom malware that evades common signature-based malware detection methods. They will often use tactics like email spoofing and malicious web content to deploy their custom malware and establish an initial foothold in a target environment," he explained.
"Traditional security controls can't always adequately protect against these advanced techniques. Assure Threat Defence has been designed to offer organisations world class resistance to address the constantly evolving threat landscape."
Assure Threat Defence is being piloted in the US before rolling out worldwide at an unspecified date later this year.
BT is one of many firms to warn of the inadequacy of signature-based solutions in combating next-generation threats.
Symantec reported during a press event attended by V3 in April that the growing boom in cyber crime is forcing security vendors to release defence updates every 40 minutes.
This increases the risk that they could release a false positive signature capable of crippling their customers' systems.
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