BT has acquired US-based Counterpane Internet Security as part of its strategy to develop its global professional services capabilities.
Counterpane offers network management to firms and currently monitors 550 networks worldwide for multinational and Fortune 100 customers.
The company is based in Mountain View, California. Bruce Schneier, the founder of the company, will continue in his role as chief technology officer, and Paul Stich will remain chief executive officer.
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Andy Green, CEO of BT Global Services, said, “Counterpane is a welcome addition to BT’s global professional services community. As more and more of our customers seek to exploit the opportunities of globalisation, we are finding increasingly that business-critical applications are dependent on the resilience and security of their infrastructure.”
As security threats get more sophisticated a larger number of companies are now outsourcing the management of their security infrastructure to specialised security service providers.
BT said Counterpane offered a unique set of security management technologies, which includes a “very proactive” managed security service with enhanced auditing and reporting capabilities for customers.