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October 7, 2009

Verizon, McAfee team up to provide integrated security products

To develop cloud-based managed security services

By CBR Staff Writer

Verizon Business and McAfee have entered into a global strategic alliance to provide integrated security products to businesses and government agencies worldwide.

Under the agreement, Verizon Business will offer McAfee’s entire line of enterprise security products and services while McAfee taps Verizon Business’ data centre outsourcing and expert consulting and managed services capabilities. In addition, the companies will jointly develop a suite of next-generation, cloud-based managed security services.

According to Verizon Business, the new cloud-based managed services will leverage Verizon’s managed security services platform, global IP infrastructure, advanced security operation centres, expansive footprint of data centres and McAfee’s security technology powered by its global threat intelligence.

The new security services will be managed by Verizon Business and operated in the cloud. The services will include a selection of security technologies, including firewalls, intrusion prevention services, anti-malware, content control and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN), the companies said.

Starting this fall, Verizon Business will offer McAfee’s PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance services to acquiring banks and other organisations that support merchants that handle fewer than 20,000 e-commerce transactions or up to 1 million credit card transactions each per year.

Kerry Bailey, senior vice president of Verizon Business global solutions, said: This strategic agreement with McAfee enables us to drive even more complete and integrated IT solutions to enterprises across the world.

“Verizon Business will be able to expand and more fully touch every facet of enterprise security so that enterprises can confidently do business in this digital age. Our newly expanded and next-generation cloud capabilities will enable organisations to better use security as a strategic tool and business enabler.

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