Thales and BT [BT] made a new international agreement wherein BT will offer Thales’ Vormetric Transparent Encryption, a cyber defense tool, to its existing customers in 180 countries, France’s Thales said Thursday.

The Vormetric Transparent Encryption helps customers encrypt data-at-rest, control privileged user access, and manage a collection of security intelligence logs without re-engineering applications, databases, or infrastructure.

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BT Security, part of Britain’s BT, currently provides managed services to 6,500 customers internationally with over 2,500 security specialists, consultants, partners, and vendors. It provides end-to-end security capabilities to public-sector and private organizations.

Now under the new agreements BT customers will be able to purchase the Vormetric Transparent Encryption as a perpetual license or subscription. Thales highlighted the product comes with several features including:

  • transparent deployment: no development or changes required to user experience, applications and infrastructure;
  • compliance and contractual mandate support: it satisfies mandates around encryption, privileged access, monitoring and encryption key management;
  • privileged user risk limitation: the product stops root, system, cloud, storage and other administrators from accessing data while preserving their ability to perform their day-to-day administrative responsibilities;
  • the broadest operating system and application support: encryption agents support Windows, Linux and Unix platforms as well as most databases and all unstructured file types;
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs): distributing agents optimized for specific file system and encryption acceleration hardware across servers results in very low latency and little overhead; and
  • the ability to scale with an organization’s requirements.

Mike Coffield, vice president for global channel strategy at Thales e-Security, explained as organizations digitally transform their businesses they are facing ever-increasing threats from cyber attacks where breaches can cost money in fines as well as longer term damage to brand, reputation, reputation, and market value.

“It is with this in mind that we have chosen to work with BT to provide robust data encryption solutions protecting customers around the world. With organisations increasingly deploying techniques such as cloud computing and big data to drive up customer service, it is critical that this proliferation of data is safeguarded from getting into the wrong hands. This is an exciting time for both parties and an opportunity to build a strong relationship in developing this global offering,” Coffield said in a statement.

“Through our agreement with Vormetric, we provide our customers with an additional layer of security that helps them protect data stored in the cloud as well as enhance access control,” David Stark, vice president of the security portfolio at BT, added.