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Thales to provide transparent encryption to BT customers worldwide
[March 09, 2017]

Thales to provide transparent encryption to BT customers worldwide

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales, leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces a new global agreement with BT, one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, BT will offer Vormetric Transparent Encryption to its existing customers in 180 countries around the world.

Against the backdrop of increasing volumes of cyberattacks affecting organizations across the globe, BT and Thales have joined forces to provide Vormetric Transparent Encryption that helps customers encrypt data-at-rest, control privileged-user access and manage a collection of security intelligence logs without re-engineering applications, databases or infrastructures. 

This collaboration between BT and Thales represents a significant step forward for organizations seeking to address today's growing business challenge of protecting mission-critical data and corporate information assets.

BT provides managed services to 6,500 customers worldwide, including both FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies. With a market-leading portfolio and a team of more than 2,500 highly skilled security specialists, consultants, partners and vendors, BT delivers flexible end-to-end security capabilities to private and public-sector organizations worldwide.

BT's customers will be able to purchase Vormetric Transparent Encryption as a perpetual license or subscription, enabling them to benefit from:

  • Transparent deployment – no development or changes required to user experience, applications and infrastructure
  • Compliance and contractual mandate support – the technology satisfies mandates around encryption, privileged access, monitoring and encryption key management
  • Privileged-user risk limitation – the solution stops root, system, cloud, storage and other administrators from accessing data while preserving their ability to perform their day-to-day administrative responsibilities
  • The broadest operating system and application support – encryption agents support Windows, Linux and Unix platforms as well as most databases and all unstructured file types
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs) – distributing agents optimized for specific file-system and encryption-acceleration hardware across servers results in very low latency and little overhead
  • The ability to scale with an organization's requirement – with proven deployments of over 10,000 servers, companies can be confident that, with Vormetric Transparent Encryption, they can easily expand protecting data as new business requirements arise across physical, virtual, cloud or big data environments

David Stark, vice president, security portfolio at BT says:
"Security and integrity of data remains one of the biggest concerns for our customers when deploying cloud solutions. Through our agreement with Thales, we provide our customers with an additional layer of security that helps them protect data stored in the cloud and enhance access control."

Mike Coffield, vice president global channel strategy at Thales e-Security says:
"As organizations across the globe digitally transform their business, they have never faced a more significant threat from cyberattacks, with breaches not only potentially costing vast sums of money in fines, but also longer term damage to brand, reputation and market value. This is also causing huge ramifications to their trust and reputation. It is with this in mind that we have chosen to work with BT to provide robust data-encryption solutions protecting customers around the world. With organizations increasingly deploying techniques such as cloud computing and big data to drive up customer service, it is critical that this proliferation of data is safeguarded from getting into the wrong hands. This is an exciting time for both parties and an opportunity to build a strong relationship in developing this global offering".

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About Thales e-Security
Thales e-Security is the leader in advanced data security solutions and services, delivering trust wherever information is created, shared or stored. We ensure that company and government data is secure and trusted in any environment – on premise, in the cloud, in data centers and in big data environments – without sacrificing business agility. Security doesn't just reduce risk, it's an enabler of the digital initiatives that now permeate our daily lives – digital money, e-identities, healthcare, connected cars and with the internet of things (IoT) even household devices. Thales provides everything an organization needs to protect and manage its data, identities and intellectual property and meet regulatory compliance – through encryption, advanced key management, tokenization, privileged user control and meeting the highest standards of certification for high assurance solutions. Security professionals around the globe rely on Thales to confidently accelerate their organization's digital transformation. Thales e-Security is part of Thales Group.

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe's leading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Thales offers world-class cryptographic capabilities and is a global leader in cybersecurity solutions for defence, government, critical infrastructure providers, telecom companies, industry and the financial services sector. With a value proposition addressing the entire data security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, data protection, digital trust management and design, development, integration, certification and security maintenance of cybersecured systems, to cyberthreat management, intrusion detection and security supervision through cybersecurity Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.


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