Company Integrates Capabilities of Security Leaders HP ArcSight and Fortinet
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced Global Crossing Security Solutions, an enhanced portfolio of security capabilities that allow customers to more easily and thoroughly protect, manage and monitor enterprise networks.
The new suite of security features includes a firewall, intrusion prevention service, web content filtering, and antivirus and anti-spam capabilities, and provides reporting and analysis via Global Crossing’s award-winning uCommand™ customer portal. The company is using a new Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform, which generates the reports and posts them to the customer portal. The SIEM platform resides in the Global Crossing Security Operations Center (SOC), where security professionals, analysts and engineers monitor and assess customers’ network security. Located in Phoenix, Ariz., the global SOC provides around-the-clock personal response to the security events of customers around the world.
Global Crossing customers also now have access to a full array of professional services from Global Crossing Security Consulting. These consulting services provide security assessments and audits, penetration testing, and vulnerability evaluations. Global Crossing professionals also review and create security policies and provide on-site incident response services.
“As multinational enterprises face an ever-increasing number of security threats to their networks, Global Crossing recognizes the need to address – in a holistic manner – the entire spectrum of these potentially revenue-impacting attacks,” said Dave Carey, Global Crossing’s chief marketing officer. “Global Crossing Security Solutions cost-effectively extends our customers’ limited IT and security resources, and lets them concentrate on their core business while we keep their networks hardened and secure.”
According to independent research firm Forrester Research, the estimated size of the global managed security services market is about $4.5 billion, which includes outsourced and software-as-a-service (SaaS) security services, as well as annualized security operations.(1)
Global Crossing Security Solutions draws on the expertise and industry leadership of two well-known security industry players: ArcSight, an HP company, and Fortinet.
The company is using the ArcSight Enterprise Threat and Risk Management platform to provide complete visibility across a customer’s IT infrastructure in order to proactively monitor and manage business risk. The ArcSight platform includes the industry’s leading SIEM products for collecting, analyzing and assessing security and risk event information, and will provide external reporting to Global Crossing customers via the company’s self-service portal, uCommand. Gartner Inc. has positioned ArcSight in the Leaders quadrant of the analyst firm’s 2010 report, “Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM).”(2) Gartner examined 20 vendors for this report. Nine are point-solution vendors and 11 are vendors that sell additional security or operations products and services that offer wired or wireless service, or both.
FortiGate® appliances, developed by Fortinet, are deployed at customer locations and enhance Global Crossing’s ability to provide a fully managed solution. Specifically, for the Global Crossing solution, the appliances provide firewall, intrusion protection, application control, web content filtering, and antivirus and anti-spam capabilities. The appliances send logs of events on those activities to the ArcSight platform for analysis by security operations center staff. Gartner Inc. has positioned Fortinet in the Leaders quadrant of the analyst firm’s report, “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.”(3) Gartner examined 13 companies that provide network security, web security and email security software and/or hardware products.
Global Crossing’s “Culture of Security,” derived from its Network Security Agreement with the United States government, plays heavily into its ability to differentiate itself from its competitors. This comprehensive, landmark agreement covers the areas of physical, logical, information, and personnel security, and sets the bar higher for network security in the telecommunications industry in several unique and important ways that benefit Global Crossing’s customers. Similarly, the Global Crossing IP VPN for the UK Government has been evaluated to Evaluation Assurance Level 2. This process provides independent and impartial testing, proving network security as well as confidence and trust to subscribers.
Global Crossing’s uCommand self-service portal is an integral component of the company’s customer experience initiative and a crucial resource that supports the company’s longstanding commitment to customer satisfaction. It gives customers access to network management capabilities and services, and real-time performance monitoring. Customers can manage network alarms and interact with service delivery and assurance teams through a customized, interactive map. The map gives customers circuit-by-circuit, location-specific detail and allows them to drill down on network locations to get more information, such as status of pending orders or trouble tickets, or planned maintenance activities undertaken by Global Crossing.
(1) The Forrester Wave™: Managed Security Services, Q3 2010. Forrester Research, Inc., August 10, 2010.
(2) Gartner. Inc., “2010 Magic Quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)” by Mark Nicolett and Kelly Kavanagh, May 13, 2010.
(3) Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management” by John Pescatore and Bob Walder, Oct. 22, 2010.
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ABOUT GLOBAL CROSSING
Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP, Ethernet, data center and video solutions provider with the world’s first integrated global IP-based network. The company offers a full range of data, voice, collaboration, broadcast and media services delivered with superior customer service.
Global Crossing provides services to enterprises (including approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500); government departments and agencies; and 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries, and has 17 world-class data centers in major business centers around the globe.
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