SANTA CLARA, Calif. and NEW YORK - To help businesses improve the security of their computers and communications, Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET), a leader in intrusion prevention solutions, and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services, today announced the launch of Verizon Desktop Security Services.
Verizon will offer Network Associates' McAfee Online Security Services, including desktop anti-virus and desktop firewall. Part of the Verizon Business Internet Security family of services, these products are designed to help businesses improve the security of their computers and their communications.
As the complexity and frequency of virus threats continue to grow, businesses must maintain up-to-date security solutions to protect themselves against the latest security vulnerabilities. According to research firm Computer Economics, this year's Lovsan, Sobig.f and Nachi attacks will have caused over $12.5 billion in damages and lost productivity globally by the end of the year.
Verizon Desktop Security Services provides even small and medium-sized businesses the high level of security found in software and hardware solutions traditionally available only to large enterprises, managed round the clock by McAfee--a recognized leader in the Internet security field.
"Growing businesses often do not have the resources or time to maintain security solutions. They want to deploy a solution and forget about it so they can concentrate on their business," said Eric Cevis, vice president wholesale and business markets at Verizon. "That's why more and more businesses are turning to us to help provide protection against the many threats lurking on the Internet."
Verizon Desktop Security Services, part of Verizon Business Internet Security Services, have the flexibility and scale to meet the needs of the smallest one-computer operation to more sophisticated network applications. The services, powered by McAfee Online Security Services, include desktop firewall and anti-virus protection.
"Security solutions are only as good as their last update, and they must be continuously updated to protect against the latest virus threats. The constant updates can be daunting, especially for the IT administrator at a small or growing business," said Todd Gebhart, vice president of sales at the McAfee Systems Technology group at Network Associates. "Network Associates is focused on partnering with service providers to protect businesses, and we are pleased that Verizon turned to us to help secure their business customers."
The Desktop Firewall monitors, controls and logs a computer's network activity, preventing unauthorized data flow from or to another computer or network. Desktop Anti-Virus is a software service that provides continuous protection of desktop environments and infrastructures against both known and unknown viruses, as well as Web attacks and e-mail intrusions. Each of these online security solutions provides round-the-clock protection, with automated updates to protect against new threats.
A Fortune 10 company, Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services, with approximately $67 billion in revenues and 221,000 employees. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 139 million access line equivalents and 36 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is the third largest long-distance carrier for U.S. consumers, with nearly 16 million long-distance lines. The company is also the largest directory publisher in the world, as measured by directory titles and circulation. Verizon's international presence includes wireline and wireless communications operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., Network Associates, Inc. NYSE: NET) creates best-of-breed computer security solutions that prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from the next generation of blended attacks and threats. Offering two families of products, McAfee System Protection Solutions, securing desktops and servers, and McAfee Network Protection Solutions, ensuring the protection and performance of the corporate network, Network Associates offers computer security to large enterprises, governments, small and medium sized businesses, and consumers. These two product portfolios incorporate Network Associates' leading McAfee Security®, Sniffer® and Magic Solutions® product lines. For more information, Network Associates can be reached at 972-963-8000 or on the Internet at www.verizon.com.
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