ISPs can play unique role in cyber security, says BT CEO

Internet service providers are perfectly positioned to make a significant contribution to cyber security for everyone.

Internet providers must do more to work collectively with businesses and governments to protect citizens from the growing threat of cyber crime, according to Gavin Patterson, chief executive of the BT Group.

Although a growing number of countries are beginning to include cyber techniques in their modern warfare arsenal and hacktivism remains a significant risk, the threat has moved on, said Patterson. “Cyber crime is now more pervasive and insidious, with a deeper impact on businesses and society.”

Patterson said half of all reported fraud is cyber-enabled, according to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, and in the past 12 months, BT has identified and closed more than 5,000 phishing sites aimed at stealing personal details to commit crimes.


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