BT launches virtual firewall service

BT launches virtual firewall serviceA convenient and cost effective cloud-based security solution - the Managed Virtual Firewall Service (MVFS) - has been launched by BT.

MVFS allows companies to fully protect their internet access without having to invest in their own hardware or software. Add-ons such as URL filter, virus protection and intrusion prevention are also available.

The new high-availability service takes the burden away from companies who cannot or do not want to manage their firewall themselves in view of internet threats and attacks that are becoming ever more sophisticated. BT sets up a virtual firewall for its customers in a BT data centre and handles any relevant updates as well as configuration, maintenance, licence management and monitoring.

“Many companies can ill afford continuous monitoring of the threat level and prompt installation of security updates” explains Dr. Frank Kedziur, head of Business Continuity, Security & Governance Practice at BT Germany. “This new cloud-based firewall service allows our customers to avail themselves of the expertise of our security specialists and benefit from a firewall that is always up to date without having to invest in hardware or software themselves. As BT can react quickly to changing requirements, customers can also benefit from a flexibility they would hardly have when using their own equipment.”

MVFS is part of BT’s global Managed Security Services portfolio. It will be available in Germany in the second quarter of 2011 with a view to roll-out in a number of regions and countries following that success and take up.