Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Verizon Business Pushes Ahead with Security-as-a-Service

Verizon Business introduced its new global, cloud-based security-as-a-service portfolio that offers enterprises the ability to quickly add security services without deploying premises-based equipment. Thee Security-as-a-Service is enabled and delivered via the company's global IP network.

Verizon Business will continue to offer on-premise managed security, as well as a hybrid of the new cloud-based service and traditional security appliances.

"Our new security platform represents a significant shift in how we are delivering security services to large and mid-size clients," said Peter Tippett, vice president of technology and innovation at Verizon Business. "By offering security-as-a-service, enterprises can tailor their security solutions to meet the unique needs of their business with the ability to strengthen their security protection at a moment's notice."

New cloud-based security services will be rolled out in three phases:

  • Beginning in June, Verizon public IP, as well as Private IP customers with Secure Gateway, can leverage the new cloud-based MSS to gain anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware and URL filtering services. These "clean pipe" services will be integrated into Verizon's networking offerings at no additional charge to customers.

  • Beginning this fall, Verizon will offer cloud-based support for network firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems. These services will be available separately and can be used to protect Verizon networking offerings as well as connections from other providers.

  • Beginning early next year, Verizon will make its enterprise-level Denial of Service (DOS) detection and mitigation services available in the cloud. This will offer mid-to-large organizations more control and flexibility via the company's online portal.

Verizon said these new offering continue its drive toward an "everything-as-a-service" (EaaS) model.

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