AT&T Gets Security Savvy
Specifically, AT&T is offering an updated version of its Network-Based Firewall Service, a new Application Firewall Service, and an Intrusion Detection Service.
It’s little surprise that AT&T would be adding additional services to its managed security portfolio. Managed security services -- which include VPNs, firewalls, vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, security monitoring and response, and authentication and administration -- is one of the fastest growing market segments in the security marketplace. According to Gartner Inc., 60 percent of enterprises will be outsourcing at least part of their monitoring and security to a third-party provider by 2005. And by 2004, IDC predicts the security services market will generate about $16.5 billion.
The benefit of the managed security model is that business customers don’t have to manage their own Internet traffic or the construction and administration of the firewalls, filters, patches, servers, screening applications, and anti-virus software required to secure their networks. It can also reduce the cost of the network...
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