BT Global Services is putting the final touches on a new purpose-built cyber security operations centre in Sydney as the organisation looks to triple worldwide revenue from its security business over the next three years.The new cyber security centre is currently staffed by 10 people \u2013 with employee numbers to double soon \u2013 and adds to an existing security operations centre at its new North Sydney digs. Speaking to CIO during a recent visit to Australia, BT Global Services\u2019 Belfast, UK-based chief information officer, Chris Cochrane said the traditional security perimeter has completely dissolved as organisations move their infrastructure to private, hybrid and public clouds. \u201cIn the good old days when I started as a software engineer, we had all of our IT and network infrastructure within our corporate LAN behind a very well defined security perimeter. That\u2019s completely gone,\u201d he said.Providing security services is one of BT\u2019s strengths, said Cochrane. The organisation works with intelligence agencies and the Ministry of Defence in the UK. It also provided the communications for the London 2012 Olympics, which Cochrane says \u201cwas the most hacked event\u201d up until that time. \u201cWe had that event out on satellite, on national television and online and we kept it bulletproof,\u201d he said. Cochrane spent his short trip talking to a few of BT\u2019s 250 customers in the high growth Australian market, including multinationals that are investing heavily in cloud infrastructure to support their digital transformation strategies. \u201cOn our global network, we connect to the world\u2019s largest cloud service providers \u2013 Amazon, Google and Equinix,\u201d he said. \u201cTo give a sense of scale, over two years ago, we had gone out and pre-connected 50 cloud service provider data centres to our global network. Today, we have connected more than 250,\u201d he said. This gives customers \u2013 who don\u2019t want to access cloud software like Microsoft Office 365 over the public internet \u2013 the opportunity to connect to BT\u2019s highly secure network. \u201cOn the links to those cloud data centres, we are putting virtualised firewalls, vritualised acceleration, so they [customers] can also fire up security and quality of service on the links too,\u201d Cochrane said. Cybersecurity is a top priority for Cochrane in his role as CIO. He believes industries should be working together to protect against the increasing threat of cyberattacks. \u201cIt\u2019s a constraint which will impact all of us from doing digital transformation and improving our businesses and improving the customer experience. Defence isn\u2019t enough. We have to get more proactive and be saying, \u2018what\u2019s the motive of cyber criminals and how do they cash the cheque and how can you attack them in those parts of the chain to control that?\u2019 \u201cYou\u2019ve got to collaborate and we do this in the UK with intelligence agencies, with each other and with security specialists.\u201d Cochrane said that if was to go back to university now, he would study analytics and security as these skills are scarce in the market. Still, he said BT isn\u2019t having too much trouble finding people with these skills. \u201cData analytics is a very scarce skill to get because every single organisation is after them. Frankly, and it doesn\u2019t matter what the sector is, you can get value out of extracting the signal from noise from that big data analytics.\u201d Intelligence in the network BT is also building its next-generation global network using software-defined network and network function virtualization technologies, said Cochrane. \u201cThese are two technologies which are transforming the world of networking. So our network will have real-time telemetry [capabilities] as opposed to today where you poll it [the network]. This is akin to Formula 1 where you have the cars [using] telemetry [systems]. The aim is to more proactively fix network faults before they happen, Cochrane said. \u201cOnce the telemetry [data] comes in, we will aggregate it and pass it though an artificial intelligence and machine learning layer where we start to \u2026 put in some basic code that says, \u2018if you see this pattern, take this action. Isolate the fault domain and trigger a proactive action.\u2019 \u201cThis is one big area where we\u2019ve got to really help train and leverage the artificial intelligence to make ourselves much better at proactive fault detection,\u201d said Cochrane.