Verizon Business is to offer the ability to secure company networks through a cloud-based system.
The service will enable organisations to add security services with "just the click of a mouse" through a simple and robust platform, the firm claimed, while removing the need to have any equipment installed on-site.
David Howorth, regional vice president for global services at Verizon Business, explained that the move could help enterprises of all sizes ensure that they have the necessary foundations to protect against a range of threats.
"By using a cloud system, firms are able to let us host the services they need to protect against threats while at the same have greater flexibility and choice as to which services they need, and reduce the risk from a growing number of threats," he said.
Verizon's Private IP customers and Secure Gateway users will be able to access the managed security services from June, including anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware and URL filtering through the cloud at no extra cost.
The company will offer cloud-based support for network firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems in the fourth quarter of this year, which will be available separately and can be used on Verizon and other providers' network connections.
Howorth explained that this service would be split between a standard offering aimed at SMBs, and a premium services for mid-to-large enterprises, to give them complete control over security on their networks.
"We will provide firms on the premium service with feeds of information on the state of the network they are using, and allow them to have a fully manageable dashboard setup from which they can manage security controls as if it was their own system," he said.
Lastly, Verizon will make its enterprise-level distributed denial-of-service detection and mitigation service available from 2011 to mid-to-large organisations to provide control and flexibility via Verizon's online portal.
Prices for the products are not yet available.
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