Verizon Taps Cloud to Tighten Mobile Security, Streamline Mobile Management

Verizon Business this week rolled out a new security-as-a-service portfolio that it says will make it easier and cheaper for enterprise customers to log into corporate networks, share data from mobile devices and enable real-time provisioning from a central location.

"Our new security platform represents a significant shift in how we are delivering security services to large and mid-size clients," Peter Tippett, vice president of technology and innovation at Verizon Business, said in a statement. "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."

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) officials said the new offering is not dependent on premises-based equipment because it's delivered via the company's global IP network.

Instead of installing third-party security applications and data management software, the Enterprise Mobility as a Service suite allows users to find and connect to the Wi-Fi, Ethernet, mobile broadband and virtual private networks that are secure and tailored to specific use-case needs.

The cloud-based service dovetails with Verizon's existing managed security services (MSS) portfolio, giving multinational corporations the option to choose between pure on-demand, on-premise or hybrid networks based on their particular security infrastructure and setups.

The telco's push toward more cloud-based connectivity options reflects the broad-based embrace of on-demand software and network connectivity options that are driving much of the IT sector's growth.

By June, Verizon's public and private IP customers will be able to access antivirus, antispam and URL filtering services through its MSS platform. It will also offer cloud-based support for network firewalls as well as intrusion detection and prevention systems.

Verizon officials said the service will be available next month for customers in 30 countries in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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