BT introduces virtual firewall service
New security “out of the cloud” service presented at CeBIT 2011 in Hanover, Germany
BT today announced its Managed Virtual Firewall Service (MVFS), a convenient and cost effective cloud-based security solution. 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.
Additional functions such as URL filtering, virus protection, intrusion prevention and extended reporting can be added depending on which service package – BASIC, GOLD and PLATINUM – is selected. All MVFS packages include active round-the-clock management by BT. Customer-specific changes, like adjustments to the firewall policy, can be carried out via the BT customer service desk.
“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 rollout in a number of regions and countries following that success and take up.
Notes to editors
BT Germany will be presenting this new service and other innovations at CeBIT 2011 in Hanover, Germany, in Hall 4, A26 (Microsoft partner booth P08).