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SBC Adds Intrusion Protection To Managed Services

SBC Communications has announced that it has added a new intrusion protection service to its PremierSERV Managed Security Services portfolio.

Using intrusion protection hardware from Mirage Networks that is installed in top of a customer's network, SBC PremierSERV Managed IPS offers cost-effective, professionally managed detection of known and zero-day network threats. Rather than relying on signature-based detection, the service employs a heuristic, or discovery-based approach that detects intrusions by monitoring suspicious network activity. Suspicious systems are then quarantined from the network for remediation.

"With Managed IPS, we are not only able to identify interior threats, but can contain and respond to them in a real-time, automated fashion, which better protects the mission-critical data networks we plan, design, build, and operate for our business customers," SBC product management vice president Mark P. Fishler said in a statement. "The addition of an intrusion prevention service focused on the network interior complements our strong existing portfolio of managed security offerings and provides an additional layer of protection against potentially destructive zero day threats."

PremierSERV Managed IPS provides professional 24x7 real-time intrusion monitoring. SBC offers security event notification and response, as well as incident resolution and reporting. The service joins SBC's portfolio of managed firewall. virus scanning, content filtering and vulnerability scanning services.