Innovations in ICT Security - Cyber Security Innovation Reference Case - BT Assure Analytics
BT Assure Analytics
The roots of this innovative visual analytics technology lie in a £3M BT-led UK Technology Strategy Board project named SATURN (Self-organising Adaptive Technology underlying Resilient Networks) that ran from 2009 to 2012. Other partners were Northrop Grumman Plc, Imperial College and Oxford University. During the project BT developed prototype software based on novel Artificial Intelligence guided search and adaptive visualisation techniques. Its features include multiple data inputs and data type processing, plus the ability to use advanced semantic data matching techniques. The primary application area is the analysis and visualisation of cyber-attacks on enterprise networks and ICT systems, however it has also been applied to a wide range of problem domains including intelligence gathering from social media, network fault diagnosis and retail sales data analysis.
BT Global Services launched a service based on the SATURN software in June 2012, branded as BT Assure Analytics . Assure Analytics is in service in BT’s main Security Operations Centre and has also been incorporated into the portal of the BT Assure Threat Monitoring service . It is a key component of BT’s next generation cyber-defence platform for internal and customer use. A wide variety of non-security internal deployments and customer trials are also underway.
Awards and honours include:
• Gold Winner in Innovation in Enterprise Security category at the 2014 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards
• Finalist in the Innovation category at the 2013 and 2014 SC Magazine Awards, Europe
• Finalist in the Security Innovation of the Year category at the 2013 British Computer Society UK IT Industry Awards
• Finalist in the V3 technology awards in Best enterprise security product and Security innovation of the year categories
• Shortlisted for the Security Excellence Awards in the Cybersecurity Solution of the Year category
Research and development is continuing to enhance the capabilities of BT Assure Analytics via internal projects and the MARS UK TSB collaboration with Bristol University.
Source : NIS Platform, Business Cases and Innovation Paths, WG3. January 2015.