Looking to combat its own dire financial news of late, international carrier WorldCom has announced a deal with Internet Security Systems (ISS) to deliver managed security to WorldCom customers.
The new offering hopes to make the company a single destination for network, telecoms and security services, and analysts welcomed the decision to offer additional services.
"Particularly with the financial issues facing WorldCom, and a possible restructuring, a partnership is the best way to meet customer requirements," said Kate Gerwig, principal analyst at Network Services.
The partnership will enable WorldCom to offer ISS' branded managed intrusion detection, remote vulnerability scanning, antivirus and emergency response and forensic services.
These will sit alongside WorldCom's existing managed firewall, virtual private network and authentication service products.
According to analysts, adding to the number of services is becoming an increasingly important strategy for international operators.
"Service providers, particularly those serving the global market, are finding it increasingly necessary to offer managed services in every flavour, including security services," said Gerwig.
ISS, which already has a similar deal with BellSouth, operates its services from six security operations centres around the world.
The company will also draw on its recent joint product and research deal with Network Associates as part of the WorldCom collaboration.
The managed antivirus service provided by ISS to WorldCom will come from Network Associates.
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