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BT Opens India Security Operations Center, Eyes Global Expansion


BT, a Top 100 MSSP for 2017, has opened a security operations center (SOC) in Gurugram, India to monitor cyber threats against the company's assets and customer networks worldwide.

The company's India SOC staff will work with incident response teams to detect, analyze and mitigate cyber threats in real-time, according to a prepared statement.

What Cybersecurity Services Will BT's India SOC Provide?

BT's India SOC will provide the following cybersecurity services:

  • Ethical hacking.
  • Intrusion detection and prevention.
  • Investigations.
  • Penetration testing.
  • Threat assessment.

The India SOC will be backed by 100 BT cybersecurity specialists, the company stated. These specialists will supplement BT's team of 250 security professionals in Gurugram who provide device management, firewall and other security services.

What Does the India SOC Mean for BT?

The India SOC expands BT's global footprint, according to BT Security CEO Mark Hughes. It also enables BT to capitalize on the rising demand for managed security services in India.

India's managed security services market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.1 percent between 2016 and 2021, industry analyst Research and Markets indicated. Key factors that are projected to drive this market's growth include the rising demand for cybersecurity solutions and increasing investments in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and bitcoin.

A Closer Look at BT's Global Cybersecurity Services

BT offers managed security, threat intelligence and security consulting services to global organizations. It was named a Challenger in Gartner's "2017 Magic Quadrant for MSSPs" and offers network-based managed security services.

Furthermore, BT partners with Europol, Interpol and other international organizations to combat cybercrime globally. It also supports the UK-India Tech Partnership, an initiative designed to promote collaboration between UK and India technology organizations.

BT: Here's What You Need to Know

BT is the UK's largest mobile network operator. It provides information and communications technology (ICT) services to 5,500 multinational companies in 180 countries and employs approximately 3,000 cybersecurity specialists.

Meanwhile, BT established operations in India in 1987 and has Indian headquarters in New Delhi, along with offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Gurugram, Kolkata and Mumbai. In addition to cybersecurity services, BT offers contract delivery, customer service, network engineering, data analytics, HR, billing and procurement services in India.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.