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May 13, 2010

Verizon Business Intros Cloud-Based Security-as-a-Service Portfolio

By Nathesh
TMCnet Contributor


Verizon Business has announced the launch of a new cloud-based Security-as-a-Service portfolio through which enterprises can access robust security services.

This cloud-based security from Verizon (News - Alert) is offered via the company's global IP network and does not depend on premises-based equipment. Some of the disadvantages of premises-based equipment include complex integrations, lengthy deployments, extensive upfront software and hardware purchases, and significant ongoing operational and staffing costs.

The cloud-based service from Verizon overcomes these shortcomings and removes the need for any additional hardware or software, or dedicated IT resources. It is integrated with built-in features designed to help clients ease the burden of compliance reporting related to the access of systems and data. It employs a centralized management console through which customers can secure new locations and also have real-time provisioning and administration abilities.

Officials with the company have stated that their new security platform represents a significant shift in how they are delivering security services to large and mid-size clients. 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.

The company has claimed that multi-national companies that are geographically spread can make use of the offering to deploy security protection quickly by just a mouse click and avoid costly equipment expenditures.

The in-the-cloud services complement Verizon's existing managed security services portfolio and an enterprise can choose in the cloud, on-premises or a hybrid of the two solutions, based on the enterprise's needs and current security setup. 

Verizon Business (News - Alert) plans to roll out security in three phases. The irst phase involves enabling public IP, as well as Private IP customers with Secure Gateway to leverage the new cloud-based MSS to gain anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware and URL filtering services. In the second phase which probably begins in June the company will start offering cloud-based support for network firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems. And early next year Verizon will make its enterprise-level DoS detection and mitigation services available in the cloud.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page .

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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