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Easynet Beefs up Security

Internal and external threats to businesses and their systems are increasing in frequency, intensity and impact. To help organisations mitigate these risks, Easynet is launching a new, comprehensive range of next-generation managed firewall services. The services, which Easynet is delivering in conjunction with Palo Alto Networks, secure and protect businesses and their data, working at the application level to provide more granular security. As part of this portfolio, Easynet is also launching its own fully resilient cloud-based managed firewall service called vSIG, which draws on Easynet’s expertise in delivering high performance managed cloud solutions.

Traditionally network-centric firewalls are not application- or threat-aware, and need complex deployment of multiple hardware, software, rules, policies and management systems. Conversely, Easynet provides a single, fully managed integrated security platform with consolidated reporting.

The new range of products – which includes virtual firewall services, remote access VPN, data filtering, URL filtering, identification of malware and application and user level reporting as well as a resilient cloud platform – addresses a diversity of key security risks which may impact the performance of an organisation, including the risk of data loss and the disruption to business continuity caused by malware or system outages. Additionally, by providing full visibility into application usage and performance, the services address the risks caused by inefficient application management such as high bandwidth consumption and lost user productivity.

Adrian Thirkill (pictured), Easynet’s MD, Global Services, said, “Five years ago, business leaders were kept awake at night by the impact of the troubled economy on their operations. Now, there’s a fearsome new spectre lurking in the shadows: in the UK alone, businesses face around 1,190 internal security threats every day. Add to this the external threats such as viruses, application-specific hacks and phishing, and it’s clear that organisations need to take protective measures or put their business at risk”.

He continued, “Together with Palo Alto Networks, Easynet removes the complexity which often goes hand in hand with security services, by providing a single, high performance security platform with detailed real-time reporting and 24/7 monitoring. Our customers select the services which best secure their organisations, and we smoothly integrate the platform into their systems, whether they’re in a cloud-based, on-premise or hybrid environment”.

Mike Langley, Regional Vice President, Western Europe and South Aftica from Palo Alto Networks said, “Organisations throughout the world turn to Palo Alto Networks for levels of protection, visibility and automation traditional products can’t provide. Together with Easynet, we can safely enable applications, maintain business productivity and offer enterprise-class detection and prevention through one, purpose-built platform.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine