Leading Analyst Firm Rates Verizon Business as 'Strong Positive' in Managed Security Services MarketScope Reports for Asia Pacific and Europe

Verizon Business has received a "Strong Positive" rating from Gartner Inc. in the analyst firm's two reports that focus on the Asia-Pacific and European regions - "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Asia Pacific"¹ and "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Europe."²

To be rated "Strong Positive" in either report, companies must be viewed as a provider of strategic products, services or solutions and demonstrate their continued investment in innovation and facilities in the multiple countries within each region.

"In my opinion, this recognition reflects our ongoing commitment in delivering our managed security services to our customers around the globe, and we are proud to be rated as 'Strong Positive' by Gartner in both the Asia-Pacific and European regions," said Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business senior vice president of global services. "As the requirements of the extended enterprise continue to evolve, and as markets mature and security challenges grow even more complex, businesses must look to providers that can address their changing requirements and offer them more than basic infrastructure management.  

"Verizon Business prides itself in helping enterprises every step of the way, from daily infrastructure management to securing the flow of data within and outside of the business perimeter, as well as offering in-the-cloud services for total flexibility.  Enterprises that harness these value-added services will be well-placed to address the security challenges of the future," Bailey said.

According to the Asia-Pacific report, "the maturity of clients seeking managed security services (MSS) in the Asia-Pacific region has grown steadily, and clients are increasingly looking for managed security service providers (MSSPs) that can provide more than basic security infrastructure management. Value-added services such as identity management and log collation/analysis, although only introduced to the region in 2008, have been adopted rapidly by clients across multiple industries and company sizes."

According to the Gartner report for Europe, the market there for managed security services will continue to grow at a healthy pace in 2010, both in volume and in breadth of features and services. Management of customer premises security devices will still be dominant, but the share of the in-the-cloud security services will increase, the report states. More and more security deals will include identity-based services (such as authentication and user monitoring) and log management."

Verizon Business manages 260,000-plus security, network and hosting devices across more than 4,200 customer networks in 142 countries and territories. Verizon Business' robust portfolio of security solutions is aimed at helping enterprises and government agencies manage security risk and protect critical company assets.  The portfolio includes governance risk and compliance solutions, data loss and prevention solutions, identity management solutions, and managed security services. The company's more than 1,100 security professionals around the globe deliver these offerings through a range of managed services, professional services and technologies, based on what best suits the customer.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with one of the world's most connected IP networks to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions.  We securely connect today's extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees - enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world's largest businesses and governments - including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions - rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

About the MarketScope
The "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Asia/Pacific" is copyrighted 24 September 2009 by Gartner Inc. and is reused with permission. The "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Europe" is copyrighted 28 September 2009 by Gartner Inc, and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

¹ Gartner, Inc. "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Asia/Pacific"; 24 September 2009; Authors: Andrew Walls, Kelly M Kavanagh, ID Number: G00170555

² Gartner, Inc. "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Europe"; 28 September 2009; Authors: Carsten Casper, Tom Scholtz, ID Number: G00171027