Swisscom Chooses Verizon Business Team to Develop New Security Operations and Management Centers

Swisscom has chosen the Verizon Business Professional Security Services team to help the business communications provider boost its security offer for companies headquartered in Switzerland. Verizon Business will help Swisscom develop a new security operations center and a new security management center.  The facilities, which will be located in Zurich, are due to become operational in January. 

The new operations center will further enhance the security services Swisscom is able to offer its local customers by providing a local facility to handle security incidents and alerts -- a regulatory requirement for some market sectors. The management center will provide data center capabilities to support the delivery of Swisscom's comprehensive portfolio of fully integrated communications security services, which is designed to meet the needs of today's extended global enterprises.

Verizon Business will leverage its extensive expertise in the delivery of global security solutions to help build and run the new facilities for Swisscom. Verizon Business' professional security services team will provide extensive planning, development and installation support, and select Verizon Business personnel will also work alongside and train Swisscom's own employees as the new facilities begin operating.

Urs Schäppi, head of Swisscom's Customer Business Unit, said: "Verizon Business has a proven record in the development and delivery of advanced security solutions. These new Swisscom facilities will significantly enhance the security capabilities currently available to Swiss multinationals in Switzerland, and provide a state-of-the-art forum from which we can deliver our own security services. We take the security of our customers' data extremely seriously, and this investment is testament to our continued commitment to supporting their evolving business needs."

Kerry Bailey, Verizon Business' chief marketing officer, said: "This is a good example of how Verizon Business' expertise can help organizations maximize the capabilities they deliver to their customers. Swisscom already offers a comprehensive range of security solutions to its Swiss-based customers. Swisscom's new facilities will enable the company to evolve its security solutions so that customers can continue to meet their security objectives as the enterprise landscape changes."

The new initiative is in addition to the Swisscom and Verizon Business alliance, established in May 2008. The alliance offers Swisscom customers with multinational operations seamless access to Verizon Business' expansive global network and solutions.  Verizon Business customers with operations in the Swiss market benefit from Swisscom's extensive local market expertise, dense infrastructure and customer service organization. Working together, Swisscom and Verizon Business offer customers a consistent, high-quality experience and a comprehensive suite of voice and data services, thanks to a worldwide, streamlined service offering including integrated networks, convergent services, seamless processes and comprehensive customer services.

About Swisscom Corporate Business
Whether voice or data, mobile or fixed network, individual products or integrated solutions: as a leading independent business communications provider, Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd Corporate Business supports its customers with the planning, implementation and operation of their IT and communications infrastructures (ICT). The division offers services which help customers optimise their work processes:  cost-effective modern solutions and services which leave customers more time to focus on their core business. Swisscom Corporate Business can provide all this from a single source: individual, professional and reliable - for voice and data solutions in the area of multimedia, security and alarm systems. ICT convergence is ensured through innovative products and solutions to maintain market leadership in business communication in the future. For further information, please visit www.swisscom.ch.

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.