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Friday, 21 April 2017 01:25

Verizon boosts security effort with new threat research advisory centre

Verizon boosts security effort with new threat research advisory centre Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at

Giant US telco Verizon has unveiled its new Threat Research Advisory Centre which it says is designed to help customers recognise and react to more sophisticated cyber threats faster and more effectively – and ultimately stop cyber attacks.

Verizon claims its new, best-of-breed threat intelligence platform draws cyber situational awareness from its global public IP backbone to power enhanced applied intelligence solutions that improve cyber-attack detection and recovery times.

Unveiling of the new threat advisory centre follows last year’s Verizon 2016 data breach investigations report, which found that in 93% of the cases analysed, attackers were able to compromise systems in minutes or less – although most organisations didn’t discover that a breach had even occurred until weeks later.

“The evolution of cyber crime has changed the battle plan,” says Bryan Sartin, executive director, Global Security Services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

“Historically, organisations have often been caught on the back foot when it comes to cyber intelligence. Now, with the right mixture of data analytics, research horsepower and the increased sharing of information, we have a much clearer picture of the tools, techniques and procedures used by cybercriminals, enabling us to proactively seek out threats rather than just responding to them.”

Sartin says Verizon’s Threat Research Advisory Centre is a significant milestone in the company’s continued investments into cyber security intelligence and next generation cyber defence.

According to Verizon, with one of the largest global IP networks, the company has “an expansive view into the world’s data traffic”.

In the centre, this visibility is combined with up-to-the-minute information from thousands of customer security devices under management, intelligence from Verizon’s breach response investigations team, and other proprietary and third-party threat intelligence sources, to correlate and contextualise cyber threats in real-time.

Sartin says this actionable intelligence is driven through Verizon’s security solutions to deliver a more resilient security posture.

“The new Threat Research Advisory Centre is a key enabler for Verizon’s ongoing security vision, uniting all of our cyber-intelligence capabilities under one roof.

“Our investment in these capabilities is ongoing – spanning technology, ecosystems, manpower and partnerships. We intend to be the key disrupter of cyber crime, continuing to collate and share cyber intelligence and cyber-attack data to make the industry stronger, and help our customers become more cyber-resilient.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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