Verizon Business Managed Hosting Centers Achieve Information Security Management Certification

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business' managed hosting centers have been certified by a leading authority as compliant with ISO/IEC 27001:2005 standards for information security management controls and processes, the company announced Wednesday (April 11). Two facilities in the United States and one in London - also called Smart Centers - successfully completed the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification awarded by BSI Management Systems.

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is an internationally recognized information security management system (ISMS) standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

"This certification demonstrates Verizon Business' continued dedication to providing highly secure managed hosting environments," said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Business. "This achievement further underscores the Verizon Business commitment to world-class standards for safeguarding enterprise customers and their businesses."

The ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification includes on-site assessments and encompasses security policies, organizational security, asset classification and control, personnel security, physical and environmental security, systems and network security, access controls, systems development and maintenance, business continuity management, and compliance.

"By earning ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification, Verizon Business is further demonstrating its commitment to information security," said Gary Pearsons, president of BSI Management Systems. "By formalizing documentation and using ISO/IEC 27001:2005 as an extra set of eyes, Verizon Business remains at the cutting edge of its industry."

The ISO/IEC 27001:2005 standards, released in October 2005 are the successor to BS 7799-2:2002. To be certified to the standard, companies must implement an information security management system to identify, manage and reduce the range of threats to which information is regularly subjected. Certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 standards reinforces to customers - through an independent third party - that Verizon Business operates a system in accordance with the ISO/IEC guidelines and general principles for information security management.

Verizon Business offers managed hosting solutions that allow customers to outsource Web-enabled business sites in secure environments with 24x7 management and maintenance. IP Application Hosting services are delivered through Verizon Business Smart Centers. Managed hosting offers customers a cost-effective solution with competitive service level agreements and high levels of security, scalability and performance.

Verizon Business' IT solutions and its hosting operations employees hold more than 600 individual and professional certifications from leading technology companies such as Microsoft, HP and Sun Microsystems. Verizon Business has also received numerous awards and recognitions for its leading enterprise services.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide.  Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.