BT amplifies AI usage for cybersecurity defense

BT amplifies AI usage for cybersecurity defense

"AI Cybersecurity Defense"

Telecommunication giant BT is planning to ramp up its use of artificial intelligence (AI) to defend its corporate clients against increasing cyberattacks. The enhanced protection is part of BT’s broader strategy to improve its cybersecurity services and ensure consumer cyber protection.

The company relies on its patented technology to interpret cyber threat data and provide robust protection for client IT systems. This move comes in response to a surge in cyberattacks on UK businesses, such as Capita, Royal Mail, and British Airways.

BT boasts over 725 AI-related patents spanning Europe, the US, and China. Bas Burger, CEO of BT Business, emphasizes the company’s commitment to using its extensive data on past attacks and supplier networks to gather data and fortify BT’s resilience against cyber threats.

One of BT’s remarkable efforts in combating cyber threats is the launch of Eagle-i in 2021. This AI-driven tech suggests appropriate firewall precautions against potential future threats.

Expanding AI in BT’s cybersecurity approach

Besides, BT uses AI to identify and rectify network problems, enhancing its response efficiency.

A recent survey reveals tech adoption anxiety amongst business leaders, with 86% finding it distressing. Yet, the research showed an 88% increase in tech investments, a 31% year-on-year growth. The research demonstrates a growing trend of tech investments from non-tech companies, indicating technology’s universal role in business success.

As modern businesses become more digitally interconnected, data security becomes crucial. While technology upgrades can boost productivity and decrease operational costs, they can also expose potential vulnerabilities. Therefore, robust cybersecurity strategies are essential to protect digital assets, maintain long-term business stability, and promote growth.

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Last year, BT embarked on a significant plan to integrate AI into their operations, including a projected workforce reduction of 55,000 by 2030. BT is set to announce its annual financial results soon, with underlying profits expected to fall slightly below £8bn.


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