BT has teamed up with Symantec to expand its security offering with a new solution for SMEs.

Called BT Device Protection, the service offers firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware and ransomware protection for smartphones and PCs.

It features a range of Symantec capabilities including machine learning and real-time behaviour monitoring, alongside memory exploit mitigation, which protects against vulnerabilities in applications, and file reputation analysis, which determines the level of risk of a file.

The cloud-based service is available through the BT Business app store for £4.99 per month and is bundled free with BT’s premium broadband service.

Mark Hughes, CEO at BT Security, said SMEs are “just as vulnerable to cyber attacks as larger enterprises” and need more protection from cyber crime due to their importance to the UK economy.

Mike Fey, President and COO at Symantec, added: “Enterprises large and small are facing a perfect storm with a growing attack surface, intensifying regulatory scrutiny and an increasingly sophisticated cyber kill chain.

“Today’s attacks are multi-faceted, multi-staged and the endpoint is one of the most critical vulnerabilities.

“Responding to this rapidly evolving threat landscape requires an integrated cyber defence strategy, with best-in-class systems that can work together, becoming greater than the sum of their parts.”

BT already partners with Symantec to offer nine of its products to business customers, including its Managed Web Security portfolio.  

The operator’s security arm recently signed a data-sharing agreement with INTERPOL and opened new security centres in Australia and Germany.

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