BT plans to share cyber security data with other ISPs as it seeks to increase cooperation across the industry.
The UK-based operator’s online Malware Information Sharing Platform (MISP) will securely offer access to BT’s database of malware-hosting domain names.
The database combines BT’s information from its own cyber security operations with intelligence from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its security partners.
Using the information, other ISPs will then be able to proactively block the domains to protect customers.
BT said the initiative was in response to efforts by the NCSC to encourage ISPs to share information about threats and called on other providers to share their own threat information.
“If other ISPs join BT in actively sharing threat intelligence data, this will help the entire industry to develop and strengthen a collective shield which will help to protect all customers by taking action within the UK’s communications networks,” the operator said in a statement.
Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security, commented: “This is an important step in helping the Government achieve its aim of making the UK the safest place to live and do business online.
“We believe that only by working together with Government and the rest of the telecommunications industry can we collectively succeed in stemming the tide of cyber-crime.
“By sharing our malware data, we’re empowering other ISPs to provide their customers with the same level of protection, should they choose to take action.”
BT has been stepping up information-sharing efforts in recent months, signing an agreement to exchange data with INTERPOL in October last year.
The accord, the first signed by the international crime agency with a telecoms provider, sees BT’s threat intelligence experts providing support to INTERPOL’s cyber wing, the Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), in identifying cyber criminals.
BT has more than 2,500 cyber security experts worldwide.