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August 4, 2009

Verizon Business launches new managed security services platform

Designed to safeguard corporate networks by identifying vulnerabilities and prioritising threats

By CBR Staff Writer

Verizon Business has launched its enhanced managed security services (MSS) platform with new options for service to help large and mid-sized businesses protect their assets from cyber threats and other online attacks.

The company claims that its new platform is designed to safeguard corporate networks by identifying vulnerabilities and prioritising threats across the extended enterprise – resulting in better visibility, enhanced security and reduced risk. As a result, businesses can identify the threats that can do the most damage, and take action quickly.

According to the company, the new platform enables the management of multiple security platforms, changing business requirements and increased security compliance requirements. It also enables enterprises that lack in-house security expertise and have limited resources to effectively secure their networks while obtaining a consistent quality of service at an affordable, predictable cost. The platform is currently available to customers throughout the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The State and Event Analysis Machine (SEAM), a proprietary system, reportedly enables Verizon Business and its customers to identify the threats that are potentially harmful by gathering information from the company’s global IP network as well as customer network- and premises-based security devices.

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The system uses this data to correlate risk from three key sources: threat information received from security devices in real time, vulnerability and technical asset information gathered from periodic scans, and asset criticality information received from the customer.

In addition, an online portal provides customers with information about their security infrastructure, including details that enable security executives to see their company’s network security status at any given time. The portal’s features include central change management control, dynamic querying and reporting, and twelve-month trending and benchmarking information. With this data, companies can better track, plan and execute their security programs, the company said.

Michael Marcellin, vice president of Verizon global managed solutions, said: With this new engine powering our global security portfolio, we are delivering what customers have told us they require: highly agile, robust and cost-effective solutions that meet their unique business and security requirements.

“This latest technological innovation provides the ideal solution for businesses with widely dispersed offices and employees, using a combination of cloud- and premises-based security offerings.

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