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Verizon releases software-defined perimeter security service

Tue 2 May 2017

Verizon has launched a new software-defined perimeter solution to allow customers to proactively identify and prevent cyberattacks by building a virtual boundary around their network.

According to Verizon, the Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) service, is a scalable SaaS solution which provides secure, pre-authenticated and ‘context-aware’ access to business applications.

The technology isolates communications between business applications and end-user devices, which the company argues allows for quicker detection and blocking of network-based cyberattacks, including denial of service and data theft.

Shawn Hakl, vice president of new products and innovation at Verizon, explained that the industry has been focused on developing SDP solutions for several years. He added that the offering is a critical addition for companies looking to protect their network, business and brand.

‘SDP helps reduce risks by making critical applications and resources invisible to everyone until the end users and devices are authenticated and authorized,’ said Verizon.

The company noted that the new solution can be easily deployed across complex hybrid IT environments, and can be scaled when required without the need for expensive equipment and additional data centre resources.

Verizon explained that the SDP technology is provisioned and managed dynamically, partly by leveraging the workflows used in highly-classified networks and is now modified for use in commercial networks.

The firm also highlighted that the service comes with its own managed public key infrastructure (PKI), offering customers the ability to deploy digital certificates across the business quickly and at a low cost.

The solution is currently available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, across the European Union, as well as in Norway.

Writing for The Stack in April last year, Lee Field, Associate Director for Solution Architecture at Verizon, noted how SDP helps provide enhanced security for businesses, including advanced access control. He noted that in more than one-quarter of all data breaches, it takes the victim organisation weeks, or even months, to contain the breaches – as a situation that could be significantly reduced when utilising SDP.

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