The Security Operations Center (SOC) was created to leverage BT’s global security expertise and advanced cyber technologies to defend the public and private sectors against various types of cyber attacks, which the organization says keep growing. The SOC is based in BT’s Riverside Tower building in Belfast (as many companies involved in the sector seem to have concluded). To provide Managed Security Information Event Management (SIEM) and SOC services, the Department of Finance awarded a £6.3 million contract, which led to the opening of the new facility. The unit, they were told, will oversee ICT resources for the entire Northern Ireland Public Service 24/7, 365 days a year.
It is a component of BT’s largest multi-million pound project
Paul Murnaghan, regional director of BT’s Enterprise business in Northern Ireland, noted that millions of people depend on BT’s cybersecurity expertise every day to ensure they can go about their business and operate their business safely. To provide the most effective IT support to the local public sector, they made a significant investment in opening BT’s Security Operations Center in Belfast. They look forward to working with the Public Service of Northern Ireland in this relationship.
The SOC will help address the extraordinary challenges posed by sophisticated cyber threats by utilizing a plethora of talent among local cyber professionals. As more public services are delivered online, their collaboration with the federal government will help ensure that the public can trust the services they access and that the data they submit is secure and protected.
It’s a part of BT larger multi-million dollar investment in the structure, which is currently being renovated on all 11 floors to provide space for 1,800 new jobs when it is completed in early 2019.
A recent reorganization of BT’s high command seems to indicate a desire to give security a greater place in the group’s strategy. The newly revamped Networks organization under the leadership of CTO Howard Watson will include Network Services, Strategy and Research, Cyber and Information Security, Operational Resilience and Service Management, Security Transformation and health, safety and the environment.