Monday, February 8, 2010

Verizon Taps McAfee for Security-as-a-Service to Businesses

Verizon Business is launching a new Security-as-a-Service offering to help medium-sized businesses deal with growing cybersecurity threats. The offering, an integrated security suite from McAfee, provides five-way protection against cyberthreats for a monthly per-user fee. The five-way protection guards against network, endpoint, Web, data and e-mail security threats.

Verizon Business' new security suite consists of two solutions for mid-market customers - McAfee Total Protection Service -Advanced and McAfee Total Protection for Secure Business software.

McAfee Total Protection Service is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution for companies that do not want to purchase premises-based equipment or incur software installation and maintenance costs. McAfee manages the security infrastructure, offering:

  • Web-based console - a self-service security management tool for quickly updating security policies and configurations via easy drag-and-drop icons. It is accessible 24 x 7.

  • Rapid deployment - Because it is a cloud offering, customers can quickly deploy the solution to all users, in all locations.

  • Robust protection - It offers virus, spyware, spam, firewall, safe searching and Web-filtering protections, as well as vulnerability assessments - at both the desktop- and server-level. The service is constantly updated and is engineered to combat the most aggressive existing and emerging security threats.

The second offering, McAfee Total Protection for Secure Business software, is well-suited for a security specialist or IT manager looking for a highly customizable and flexible solution. It resides on the customer's corporate LAN, enabling more internal control over the solution.

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