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November 8, 2009

Verizon Business enhances its IT security consulting services

To help businesses identify and protect data

By CBR Staff Writer

Verizon Business has launched an enhanced and expanded version of its IT security consulting services called Data Discovery, Identification and Security Classification (DDISC) to help businesses identify and protect their data.

According to Verizon Business, the DDISC services discover, identify and classify data stored on business servers and extended network linking customers, partners and suppliers. As part of the services, expert Verizon business IT security consultants review the relevance and sensitivity of the data, and compare it with the enterprise customer’s business goals. This information is then used to determine whether a company is handling and securing its data appropriately.

The DDISC services also help organisations manage compliance with security standards and regulations such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), the company said.

Earlier, Verizon Business had offered its security consulting services to businesses on a custom basis. To create DDISC, Verizon Business reportedly standardised and strengthened these services to ensure uniformity across its global security practice.

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Peter Tippett, vice president of innovation and technology at Verizon Business, said: We believe this approach represents a change in security strategy as the industry increasingly sees security as much more than the protection of networks or applications. Our new consulting services reflect this shift and take a data-centric approach to security that emphasizes the business value of information and its potential impact on the organisation.

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