Verizon Business unveiled on Tuesday (May 11) a new global, cloud-based security-as-a-service portfolio that offers enterprises the ability to quickly and easily add robust security services - with just the click of a mouse - and avoid purchasing expensive equipment.
Unlike many other managed security services, the new portfolio is not dependent on premises-based equipment. Instead, Verizon's offering is delivered via the company's global IP network. Customers can quickly and easily secure new locations with the latest security technology by using a centralized management console that allows for real-time provisioning and administration.
"Our new security platform represents a significant shift in how we are delivering security services to large and mid-size clients," said Peter Tippett, vice president of technology and innovation at Verizon Business. "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."
These new offerings are ideal for geographically dispersed multinational companies that need to deploy security protection quickly and want to avoid the time and expense of buying, shipping and deploying equipment around the globe. The services are also well-suited for companies in the retail, financial and health care sectors that have multiple locations, as well as mid-tier firms.
According to Principal Analyst Amy DeCarlo of Current Analysis, "With its in-the-cloud offerings, Verizon is blazing a trail in security with its leading approach that capitalizes on the best elements of the cloud model to support dynamic service delivery."
The in-the-cloud services complement Verizon's existing managed security services (MSS) portfolio. 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.
Phased Approach to Rolling Out Cloud-Based Services
New cloud-based security services will be rolled out in three phases:
- Beginning in June, Verizon public IP, as well as Private IP customers with Secure Gateway, can leverage the new cloud-based MSS to gain anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware and URL filtering services. These "clean pipe" services will be integrated into Verizon's networking offerings at no additional charge to customers.
- Beginning this fall, Verizon will offer cloud-based support for network firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems. These services will be available separately and can be used to protect Verizon networking offerings as well as connections from other providers.
- Beginning early next year, Verizon will make its enterprise-level Denial of Service (DOS) detection and mitigation services available in the cloud. This will offer mid-to-large organizations more control and flexibility via the company's online portal.
Verizon MSS in the cloud will be powered by Verizon's IP global network, one of the most expansive networks in the world and supported by eight security service data centers located throughout the world.
Converged IP and IT Services Via a Cloud-Based Model
Verizon is leading the industry toward an "everything-as-a-service" (EaaS) model where cloud-based converged solutions are securely delivered through managed and professional services over the company's global IP network. Verizon is assembling the key components of that powerful approach to serving enterprises, and its new security-as-a-service model is another step forward. The EaaS platform - with Verizon's global IP network and data centers as its foundation - will enable enterprises to do business better by getting what they need, when they need it, where they need it.
About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: 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.