BAE Systems Applied Intelligence has announced the availability of cloud-based cyber security services to European customers aimed at protecting against threats including zero-day exploits.
The new services appear to be based on technology gathered from BAE's £144m acquisition of SilverSky last year and are aimed at widening the availability of key security services to mid-sized firms, rather than just larger enterprises.
The firm said that the services are primarily designed to offer improved protection against zero-day attacks by alerting companies to threats as they emerge, focusing on several attack vectors.
BAE noted that many cyber attacks start with nothing more than an email containing a malicious payload, so the first service on offer is BAE's Email Protection Services (EPS).
EPS offers several tools, such as email encryption, antivirus and anti-spam tools, email archiving and protection from zero-day exploits as they are uncovered.
Scott McVicar, general manager for commercial solutions for Europe at BAE, explained that offering such services in the cloud brings the same advantages that the wider industry move to the cloud provides.
“Today we are introducing European companies to protection against the most sophisticated attacks in a way that is easy to buy, consume and manage, whilst being delivered within short timescales on cloud-based infrastructure and with the inherent flexibility to scale up or down as required,” he said.
Tim Harvey, former chief executive of SilverSky, who has since joined BAE's Applied Intelligence unit, told V3 last year that the move was ideal for helping more firms benefit from security tools without the hassle of installation and management.
“Attacks are no longer aimed at the big financial sector firms, but increasingly at small and mid-market firms regardless of industry type,” he said.
“It’s important for businesses to understand these threats and how they can affect you, and we look to provide that knowledge.”
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