South Korean telecom firm Dacom Corp.
has deployed specialist routers to support its managed security services, and analysts say that other firms may follow suit.
Dacom today announced the launch of its new Cyber Attack Defense Network (CADNet), a VPN service designed to protect customers from threats such as worms, viruses, and denial-of-service attacks. The service provider has deployed 10 iQ8000 Security Service Routers from Quarry Technologies Inc. to support CADNet and help manage the service on a per-subscriber basis.
The 16-slot iQ8000 combines an Internet router and security features such as firewall, intrusion detection, and 3DES encryption. The technology isn't new, but it's becoming increasingly popular as PC users come under constant attack from the likes of the Sasser Worm and other security threats.
Geoff Bennett, chief technologist at Heavy Reading, says, Carriers are realizing that there is a demand for security services out there -- but they can also make additional revenues.
Ron Westfall, principal analyst at Current Analysis,
says, What is driving carriers is quite simply their customers. Its the more sophisticated security breaches that have raised the stakes.