AT&T ramps up its managed security push, adds mobile device management
AT&T (NYSE: T) has unveiled a new set of managed security solutions, including a mobile security solution that it will roll out later this year, which is part of a broader strategy it announced during the recent 15th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference.
First on the list is a new cyber security solution that AT&T says combines network and device-level security controls with VPN, application security and mobile device management capabilities. These services will enable businesses to manage security for their growing mobile ecosystems whether they run on AT&T's wireless network or another provider's.
As a way to detect and respond to targeted cyber threats, AT&T will add Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) assessments to its portfolio of consulting services. The telco's security consultants are able to address various security issues including security and risk management, audit and controls review, industry regulations/best practices, vendor specific certifications, and security investigations and forensics.
With distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the rise, AT&T has doubled its network capacity and recently added a DDoS protection option for customers deploying critical Web applications, including Content Delivery Networks (CDN). AT&T said these new features will give business customers "greater protection against DDoS attacks by dispersing and absorbing immense volumes of malicious traffic before they reach customer networks."
The telco's efforts are getting the attention of industry analyst groups like Gartner, who recognized AT&T as a leader in their Magic Quadrant for MSSPs in North America.
As illustrated in its Q2 earnings, strategic services like managed security continue to be a big driver in its business revenue mix. During the quarter, advanced business solutions such as managed security, VPN, Ethernet and hosting services, grew 15 percent year-over-year.
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