BT Group establishes first global cyber security facility in Australia

02 Nov 2017

British telecommunications provider BT Group is opening a cyber security research and development (R&D) facility in Sydney.

The facility’s R&D will focus on cyber security, machine learning, data science analytics and visualisation, big data engineering, cloud computing, data networking and software engineering.

In a New South Wales Government media release, BT Group’s Security CEO Mark Hughes says the facility is an exciting opportunity to tap into local cyber security talent, and by doing so, address a major skills shortage in the UK and elsewhere.

‘Never before has cyber security been more important and we see potential for growth not only in NSW and Australia, but further afield,’ says Hughes. ‘This facility will be a cornerstone of our global cyber security capabilities and help us stay ahead in this fast moving space.’

According to CRN, the Sydney-based cyber security and R&D facility will be BT Group’s first outside of the UK, and will be part of a network of 14 security operations centres that provide services to BT customers in 180 countries.

Founded in 1969, BT Group owns British Telecommunications plc, a British multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London. BT is listed on the New York and London stock exchanges. Its origins date back to 1846 and the founding of the Electric Telegraph Company, the world’s first public telegraph company, which developed a nationwide communications network.