Nortel Makes Network Security Fundamental With New Global Services

Nortel has expanded its Global Services portfolio with new offerings designed to help enterprises and service providers make security fundamental to transforming their networks with the latest converged IP, multimedia and wireless technologies. Security is one of Nortel’s five key focus areas for services. Nortel’s extensive networking expertise can provide an edge in effectively combating threats to network and information integrity.

The newest Nortel Global Services for Security include Security Compliance Services and Managed Security Services. Along with Nortel’s Security Consulting Services, these new offerings can make business simpler for network managers by helping to minimize risk, reduce costs and comply with regulations. Montefiore Medical Center, located in the Bronx, New York, has already relied on Nortel’s Security Consulting Services as part of an ongoing network expansion to include mobility and new applications.

“Working with a trusted partner like Nortel is paramount not only to our patients’ peace of mind but also to continuing our tradition of excellence,” said Brian Hoch, director of computing services for Emerging Health Information Technology, a Montefiore subsidiary. “Nortel’s security audit has enabled us to move forward with confidence in rolling out our wireless network and to secure next-generation services for staff and patients.”

Nortel has also continued its efforts to provide a breadth of security services and expertise. This includes acquiring an equity stake in SecureInfo, a recognized leader in information security including managed security services, security compliance and policy solutions, and professional security services. In addition, Nortel continues to certify other select, trusted professionals with regional and specialized security experience. This complements the security and information assurance services that Nortel Government Solutions, a U.S. company wholly owned by Nortel, provides to the U.S. Federal Government market.

Compliance services help customers identify gaps in their regulatory posture and implement and maintain security best practices. Nortel’s Security Compliance Services help businesses adhere to key security-related regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for companies doing business in the United States; and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) in Canada. They also address global standards like ISO 17799, and the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standard mandated by all major credit card issuers to protect cardholder information and transactions.

“Compliance is critical for our customers, particularly in markets like healthcare and finance,” said Rod Wallace, director, Security Services, Nortel. “We’re helping to streamline compliance across multiple regulations, standards and guidelines, and to measure the effectiveness of security policies.”

Nortel’s Managed Security Services are designed to help reduce the cost of managing security across multivendor networks. Nortel can manage security for as few or as many elements as required, including single point-of-contact responsibility for entire networks. This allows customers to focus more efficiently on business objectives.

According to IDC, a premier global provider of IT and telecommunications market intelligence, the worldwide market for information security services is expected to approach US$17 billion in 2006. IDC expects this figure to increase to approximately US$32.59 billion by 2010, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.7 percent.

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