BT has announced further partnerships with CA Technologies and Palo Alto Networks to offer cloud identity service and security.
The managed identity service, BT Assure Cloud Identity, has become available to customers based across the Americas and enterprise-grade Identity and Access Management (IAM) capabilities from CA Secure Cloud will offer controlled access to BT customers’ on-premises and cloud applications.
This includes the efficient provisioning and management of users; federated single sign-on for software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premises applications; and protection against inappropriate access and fraud through proven advanced authentication services that incorporate multi-factor and behavioural analytics to make the process as seamless as possible.
Jason Cook, vice president, BT Security in the Americas, said: “Based on cutting edge technology from CA Technologies, it gives our customers the confidence and convenience of protecting critical data from loss or improper use, no matter where it resides. Customers are able to do this without a significant investment into hardware or staffing to support the technology and they free up time and resource for their core business.”
A partnership with Intel Security was announced earlier this week to develop next-generation security services to help organizations improve security and prevent cyber-attacks. A second security partnership was announced with Palo Alto Networks to integrate the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform into BT’s global portfolio of security services.
As part of this agreement, BT’s Assure Managed Firewall service will now integrate WildFire cloud-based malware prevention, which is a key component of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform. It will be used to further secure the access to cloud-based applications, enabling enterprise customers to reap increased benefits from BT’s Cloud of Clouds.
Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, said: “Enterprises are keen to accelerate their digital transformation and fully leverage exciting new technology, from big-data analytics to cloud applications. They need to access these applications securely, using future-proof tools that protect them against targeted and increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks. They need a tougher lining around their cloud services.
“Palo Alto Networks provides intelligent security monitoring, management and efficacy. Integrating that breach prevention capability into the BT Assure portfolio of security services will be a big step forward in securing the cloud strategy of an organization.”
Chad Kinzelberg, senior vice president of business and corporate development at Palo Alto Networks, said: “Security is now a top concern for every business, and with continued growth in both the volume and sophistication of attacks, a breach prevention-focused strategy is essential to ensure a safe digital future for organizations and individuals alike.
“We are delighted to join forces with BT to help organizations safely enable business operations and protect their most valuable assets, managing both their risk and their security budgets.”