BT promoted as a leader for development and integration of enterprise security solutions.

  • Nudging business and the C-suite to do more.
  • Cybercrime deemed an entrepreneurial enterprise, too.
  • Operators and vendors flagged as cyber security collaborators, but warning on excessive intimacy.

BT Security published a security white paper with consultants KPMG that calls on business to work more proactively with the cybersecurity sector, their peers, and government to address the risk of “digital crime”.

The research paper also provided the telco with an opportunity to boost its own credentials, including underlining the integration of security services across its corporate portfolio.

Speaking at the launch of the Taking the Offensive white paper on cybersecurity for enterprise, Mark Hughes, Chief Executive (CEO) of BT Security, discussed how BT is building its business in the area, and considered BT’s position in the fast-growing sector.

Hughes promoted BT as a leader in not only developing security solutions, but also integrating them into its commercial product portfolio. Although also flagging Deutsche Telekom (DT) and NTT Communications as fellow trailblazers, Hughes naturally considered BT to maintain an edge.

In the past few years, we have aggressively gone after security services business, driven largely by demand from enterprise customers, who realised they needed help… We have built a services business based on our network knowledge and skills, and I haven’t seen others go as far as us. ” – Hughes.

Good neighbours make good (cyber) fences

While bigging BT up in comparison with competitors, the BT Security CEO was keen to stress that collaboration is also important (and is a key theme pushed by the report). Here, DT and Orange were named as operators with which BT is regularly in contact on cyber threat developments, alongside the major US operators.

The importance of vendor partners was emphasised, and among those namechecked were Arbor Networks, Check Point, Cisco Systems (identified as a particularly close partner), Juniper Networks, McAfee, Symantec, and Zscaler.

Hughes counselled against getting too cosy with just one partner, however. When discussing effective infrastructure security, the BT executive said a diverse base of suppliers is important. “I wouldn’t want an all-Cisco network as much as I wouldn’t want an all-Huawei network”, he noted.

White paper sets out blueprint for corporate response to cyber threats

The BT/KPMG report focused on the need for greater understanding not only of the scale of the technical threat posed by digital crime, but also the methods and motivations behind it, and the way attackers can profit from the activity.

Cybercrime was framed as a major enterprise by BT, with substantial sums being invested in research and development and business models in place, and new methods and strategies being continually adopted and refined by “criminal entrepreneurs”.

  • BT called for business to do more to address threats to cybersecurity by working to:
  • Understand the threat they face, and keep that understanding up to date.
  • Consider the human element of digital crime, and the risk of staff being exploited for information.
  • Collaborate with peers and law enforcement agencies to ensure a rapid response to new threats.
  • Consider the introduction of a chief digital risk officer role to coordinate and manage the business’s security strategy and threat response.

By encouraging C-suite executives to consider cybersecurity almost in the same way they would a competitor, BT is evidently hoping that its portfolio of security services can be pitched to corporate and enterprise customers as an essential element of a contract, and one that will need consistent monitoring and potentially upgrading.

Virtually secure

BT and KPMG also identified virtualisation as an important tool in defending against cyberattacks through the updating of inflexible legacy hardware that may be vulnerable to more sophisticated attacks.

The virtualisation of more network functions to provide flexible and secure control of network assets compared to traditional physical network environments can be seen as a key selling point BT is putting forward as it pursues its Dynamic Network Services strategy (BTwatch, passim).

Image: © Bloomberg.

Table of Contents

3 Executive brief

5 Group

Associations
AGM
6 “Humbled” BT survives AGM relatively unscathed
Ofcom Winter 2017 spectrum auction
Regulatory
7 Ofcom unveils updated 5G auction plans
7 Table 1 Current UK total mobile spectrum holdings
Management update
8 McKinsey overseeing latest BT restructure plan
Pension
8 Lowth pondering BG trick to curb pension crisis
8 Ofcom takes gradual approach to curbing spectrum dominance
8 Regulator warns on slower pace for future auctions
Q1 FY17-18 results
9 Q1: body-slammed again, regrouping
9 All over by Christmas, unless Three opens new front
9 BT rises above hoarding allegations to act for good of the nation…

11 Consumer

Competitors
12 Sky and Virgin Media pull ahead of YouView on targeted ads
12 BT completes rugby takeover
Plusnet
13 BT props up its live offering
13 Rugby on the up as pricy soccer stutters
13 BT’s international hockey rights expanded

15 EE

Restructuring
16 Confirmed: Allera to lead merged Consumer-EE from September
Products and services
16 EE expands Apple Music offer with zero-rating play
16 EE breaks with BT strategy on ensnaring customers in contract extensions
Net neutrality
17 Zero rating in the UK
17 EE and rivals playing in net neutrality grey area
17 Zero-rating to lure users into bigger data bundles
18 No just EE testing the limits…
18 EE to zero-rate BT Sport next?
Networks
19 Allera on planning challenges
Networks
19 EE scores 750Mbps at Wembley; Qualcomm, Sony assist
20 Table 2 You say you want an evolution: picking up speed from Cat-4 through to Cat-16
20 Playing away from Wembley is more difficult
Retail
21 EE to expand retail presence through J Sainsbury link-up
21 EE to mobilise it retail workforce; pop-ups
21 Sainsbury relationship follows earlier Argos links
22 Pimped-up stores to trade on tech razzamatazz
22 Keeping BT at a distance?
Suppliers
22 VoltServer supporting safe electricity for balloon masts

24 Business and Public Sector

Channel
25 BT reboots Business Partner Channel
25 One-stop partner shop
25 Business time
Products and services
Health sector
26 BT signs new five-year deal with Surrey CCG
26 BT’s health services unit reinvigorated by injection of new blood
Products and services
27 BT trumpets air power

28 Global Services

BT Italia
Legal and regulatory
Security
29 BT goes on security offensive
Security
30 RedShield added to BT’s security portfolio
30 Good neighbours make good (cyber) fences
30 White paper sets out blueprint for corporate response to cyber threats
30 Virtually secure

32 Openreach

DCR
33 Ofcom launches new Openreach compliance squad
33 Unit to work collaboratively, carry a structural separation stick
Management update
34 Openreach calls for inputs on FTTP future
34 Three-year timeframe for changes to have consequences
34 BT wary of responsibility for market transformation
Management update
36 Progress being made on conditions for new Commitments to come into force
Management update
36 New look Openreach to reflect new world order
Trials and pilots
37 Openreach updates at ISP Forum event
37 Selley goes on media charm offensive
Trials and pilots
38 G.INP trials on ECI cabinets to resume
38 Selley asserts independence with challenge to established thinking
38 Selley on the BT pension
G.fast
39 New G.fast council certifies first products
39 BT partners – and some new names — secure certification
Trials and pilots
Regulatory
40 Ofcom’s dark fibre access derailed
40 Table 3 G.fast-certified customer premises equipment and distribution point units
Regulatory
41 Poacher-in-chief: Ofwat’s Ross to replace Ofcom’s Williams
41 NetComm Wireless linked with BT FTTdp work
41 Fight the power

43 Further reading

46 Index

Index

Symbols

21st Century Fox
Sky
– Sky Sports 12, 13
– – A
Adobe Systems, Inc. 6
ADTRAN 41
Apple 7, 16, 17, 22
Apple Music 16, 17
– iPhone 7
– Arbor Networks 30
Aviva 12, 13

B

BG Group 8
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC) 17
Broadband Forum 39, 40, 45
Gfast Council 39, 40, 45
– Broadcom 40
BT Group 6, 8, 29, 36, 38, 39, 40
BT Business & Public Sector 8, 25, 26, 27, 33
– BT Local Business 25
– – BT Northern Ireland 33
– – BT Consumer 8, 12, 13, 18, 22
– BT Commitment 36
– – BT Infinity 27
– – BT TV 12, 18
– – Plusnet 13, 40
– – BT Global Services 8, 28, 29
– BT Americas 30
– – BT Italia 6, 29
– – BT Security 29, 30
– – BT Pension Scheme 36
– Crown Guarantee 36
– – BT Technology, Service and Operations 8
– Business and Public Sector
– BT Air Logistics 27
– – Directors
– Rake, Sir Michael 6
– – Rose, Nick 6
– – EE 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25
– Executives
– Allera, Marc 8, 9, 19
– – Brandt, Etienne 21
– – Foster, Kevin 39
– – Hall, Jason 26
– – Hughes, Mark 29
– – Lowth, Simon 8
– – O’Neill, Colm 27
– – Patterson, Gavin 6
– – Rathborne, Steve 25
– – Selley, Clive 34, 37, 38
– – Openreach 6, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41
– C
Cabinet Office (UK)
Public Sector Network 26
– Calix 40
Cisco Systems, Inc. 6, 30
CK Hutchison 7, 9
Three Group
– Three UK 7, 9, 17
– – Cloud Industry Forum 6

D

Deezer 17
Dell 6
Deloitte 6
Deutsche Telekom 29, 30
T-Systems 6
– Digital Economy Act (UK) 36

E

ECI 38
Electronic Communications Code 19
European Professional Club Rugby 12
European Rugby Cup
Heineken Cup 13
– European Union 16, 17
Experian 6

F

Fédération Int. de Football Assoc. (FIFA)
World Cup 13
– Football Association
Premier League 13
– G
General Electric Co. (GE)
NBC Universal
– National Broadcasting Company (NBC) 12
– – Google 22

H

Heineken Holding 13
HM Revenue & Customs 27
HTC 7
Huawei Technologies 30, 37, 38, 40

I

Intel
Intel Security 30
– International Hockey Federation 13

J

Juniper Networks 30

K

KPMG 6, 29, 30

L

Liberty Global 12
Virgin Media 12, 16
– M
Mainline Communications 25
McKinsey & Company 8
Metanoia Communications 40
Microsoft 6
MTV 12

N

National Health Service (NHS, UK) 26
N3 26
– NetComm Wireless 41
Netflix 17
Nokia 40
NTT 29

O

Ofcom 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38
Strategic Review of the Telecoms Sector 33
– Orange 30

P

Pace Micro Technology 40
PricewaterhouseCoopers 6, 29
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board 29
Public Sector Network 26

S

Sainsbury, J 21
Argos 21
– Samsung 7, 22
Sckipio 40
SoundCloud 17
Strategic Review of the Digital Communications Market 33
Surrey County Council 26
Swisscom 40
Symantec 30

T

Technicolor 40
Technology
ADSL 13
– Broadband 9, 13, 17, 25, 27, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 45
– Ethernet 40
– Fibre 13, 22, 34, 37, 38, 40, 41
– Fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) 40
– – Fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) 34
– G.fast 34, 39, 40, 41
– IPTV 40
– MPLS 26
– VDSL 37, 41
– VoD 12
– Telefónica 7, 16
O2 UK 9, 16
– TVPlayer 17

V

Viacom 12
Channel 5 12
– VMware 6
Vodafone 7, 9
UK 9
– VoltServer 22, 41

Y

YouView 12

Z

Zscaler 30

About

About BTwatch

Report: #288
Covering: July 2017
Published: July 2017
Next report: September 2017
For more information visit: BTwatch