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Upgraded Managed Security Service helps US businesses proactively defend against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats

Upgraded Managed Security Service helps US businesses proactively defend against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats
BAE Systems’ cyber threat hunting experts are helping US businesses to track down threats that would otherwise evade detection through its newly expanded Managed Security Service.
The solution provides real-time, continuous monitoring and threat assessment, enabling businesses to identify new threats and react with speed and accuracy to reduce the potential damage caused by an attack.
 
A new survey in the United States undertaken for BAE Systems reveals that more than half (54%) of Information Technology professionals say they assess cyber threats just once a week or less. As cyber attacks can occur at any time and often go undetected for weeks or months, it is critical that round-the-clock threat assessment with a human in the loop to focus on genuine threats is employed by organizations seeking to fortify business defenses.
 
Given the growing volume and sophistication of threats, a shortage of security talent and the need to maximize existing security investment, outsourcing to a trusted partner can reduce the pressure on in-house teams, while ensuring they can harness the best detection and response capability in the market.
 
Randy Skipper, President of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, Americas, said: “The cyber landscape is constantly evolving and the advanced tools and capabilities previously only available to attackers with enormous resources are now in the hands of common criminal gangs.
 
“Our expanded service with world-leading threat hunting experts will reduce the number of false positives, saving organizations valuable time and resources. This will allow businesses to maximize security budgets while helping them stay ahead of even the most advanced cyber criminals.”
 
BAE Systems’ new Managed Security Service builds on a decade of expertise in protecting its own networks and those of large corporate and government clients. It recognizes that in today’s world, a traditional approach, such as automated detection, does not always provide sufficient protection, as persistent attackers can navigate around alarm systems and find ways to infiltrate an organization’s systems.
 
Key findings revealed in the recent survey of 200 IT professionals at US organizations:
  • 97% believe business security and defense is a priority for their organizations;
  • 87% believe their organization’s leadership understands the serious impact of a cyber attack;
  • Compromising sensitive company financial data (63%) and compromising customer information (58%) are top concerns when it comes to cyber attacks;
  • 50% are concerned about the hijacking of credentials to compromise customers or suppliers;
  • 33% worry that too many employees are not aware of the cyber risks involved in using social media and digital channels;
  • Despite this, only 21% of organizations assess cyber threats on an hourly basis.
 
These findings, coupled from another recent study showing the average cost of cyber intrusions on US businesses is about $500,000, means the ability to monitor, detect and defend against intrusions on a 24/7 basis is paramount for organizational leaders who grow ever more worried about cyber intrusions, and its potential damage to their businesses and customers.
 
 
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For further information, please contact:
Jena Murphy, BAE Systems
M: +1 617 235 8862
E: jena.murphy@baesystems.com
 
Issued by:
BAE Systems plc
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 384719
Email: baesystemsinfo@baesystems.com
Web: www.baesystems.com
 
About BAE Systems
At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.
 
At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cybercrime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations.
We do this using our unique set of solutions, systems, experience and processes - often collecting and analysing huge volumes of data. These, combined with our Cyber Special forces - some of the most skilled people in the world, enable us to defend against cyber-attacks, fraud and financial crime, enable intelligence-led policing and solve complex data problems.
 
We employ over 4,200 people across 18 countries in the Americas, APAC, UK and EMEA. For further information about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, please visit www.baesystems.com/businessdefence