MegaPath continues to put its recently acquired Covad and Speakeasy assets to work with its latest Managed Security as a Service (SaaS) offering.
Business customers that sign up for the new SaaS service can either opt to have a complete managed solution delivered from the cloud, on-premise or as a hybrid cloud/on-premises solutions. These services include everything from Attack Mitigation with an advanced firewall and intrusion prevention with rogue wireless detection, Web Filtering with content filtering and white/blacklisting, Anti-Malware with anti-virus, anti-crimeware and anti-spam, and Application Security with advanced application control and data leak prevention.
Leveraging Fortinet's (NASDAQ: FTNT) Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions, MegaPath claims they can not only help protect ensure businesses' network security, but also "control capital expenses and IT management resources."
The on-premise option allows a customer to leverage any Internet connection type (DSL, T1 or Ethernet over Copper) from MegaPath.
Compliance is a major focus of the new service. While it has yet to announce a specific customer, MegaPath has targeted the new services at heavily regulated industries such as retail, healthcare and financial services, where businesses must maintain compliance with industry regulations.
Cloud-based security services may still be a growing concept, but given the complexity of new cyberattacks coming onto the scene it's likely that businesses that need comply with stringent regulations will want to work with a partner like MegaPath that can develop a customized SaaS service that meets their industry's compliance needs. MegaPath certainly isn't alone in its desire, however, as aggressive telcos like Verizon and Qwest are also offering similar cloud-based services to its respective vertical market customers.
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