Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has introduced its "Security, Support & Storage Bundle" for both residential and small business customers, a sign that it's broadening the market scope of its security services.
The new service includes three common elements: the Internet Security Suite, which provides protection from malicious Internet threats like viruses and malware for all devices, including PCs, laptops, and Android smartphones and tablets; 24/7 technical support available in English and Spanish; and Cloud storage to back up, store, share, access and protect digital videos, photos and other files.
The new service is competitively priced for businesses and residential customers alike.
Residential customers can get the service for $9.99 a month, excluding tax, for 75 GB of storage or $14.99 for 150 GB. Small businesses will pay the same price, but can also sign up for 250 GB of storage for $24.99.
Verizon's timing could not be any better for this service, particularly as malware threats continue to rise. McAfee revealed in its Lab Threats report that over 380 new samples of malware are detected every minute, or more than six every second.
Likewise, Verizon's Verizon's "2015 Data Breach Investigations Report" noted that cyberattacks could be prevented through a more vigilant approach to cybersecurity, as many existing vulnerabilities remain open primarily because security patches that have long been available were never implemented.
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