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Verizon Business Introduces First Network-Based Firewall That Can Be Customized in Real Time


On-Demand Security Helps Businesses Enable Communication and Collaboration With Customers, Partners and Suppliers

February 5, 2007 - SAN FRANCISCO - As more businesses rely on data moving between the Internet and their private wide area networks (WAN), Verizon Business is helping companies gain better control over the security of their communications among customers, suppliers and partners. With the introduction of Secure Gateway - Firewall (custom), the industry’s first network-based custom firewall, U.S.-based multinational customers can centrally adjust security policies in real time across their global IP networks.

“Our Secure Gateway suite of services has made Verizon Business a leader in delivering network-based security solutions that help companies securely and selectively exchange IP traffic between Private IP and the public Internet,” said Tom Roche, vice president of marketing for network voice and data services with Verizon Business. “Secure Gateway - Firewall (custom) can help companies shield their networks from harmful traffic while giving our customers more control to respond to their changing network requirements.”

Verizon Business is announcing this news today at the RSA Conference 2007 security trade show in San Francisco, where it is also introducing, in a separate news release, the expansion of its Denial of Service Defense Mitigation Services to Europe.

Secure Gateway-Firewall (custom)

Verizon Business’ Secure Gateway-Firewall (custom) service provides companies with a simple Web-based Graphic User Interface (GUI) to define and modify policies to control the public Internet traffic that they choose to allow on their private network.

Customers can centrally control both inbound and outbound traffic on demand, consolidating network access points and eliminating the need for multiple Internet connections and premises-based firewalls. As a result, customers can control costs and improve administrative efficiencies.

Ocean Beauty, based in Seattle, is a leading seafood and food processor that plans to migrate to this new service. With offices around the world, Ocean Beauty has implemented Verizon’s Private IP service and is looking to further centralize control of the company’s security policies.

“Verizon Business’ Secure Gateway Firewall service provides us with a centralized and cost-effective security solution,” said Sentoso Sendjaja, IT director, Ocean Beauty Seafoods Inc. "It has enabled our enterprise resource planning conversion, which ultimately gives business units complete visibility into mission-critical data, allowing us to enhance communications, centralize applications and improve overall efficiency.

“In addition, since our IT resources are centralized at our company’s headquarters, we needed a solution that could extend network troubleshooting capabilities to dispersed business units with limited technical expertise. Secure Gateway-Firewall has met all of our needs.” Sendaja added, “Now, the custom firewall will allow us the added ability to control our firewall policies in real time and will provide the flexibility we require.”

Verizon Business’ Secure Gateway Firewall services can be used with all four Verizon Business networks: Private IP, vBNS+, Frame Relay and ATM. Customers benefit from extending their communications reach by securely exchanging traffic between each of these private networks and Verizon Business’ global Internet backbone.

“Verizon Business already offers an impressive array of network-based security offerings for large-business and government customers,” said Brian Washburn, principal analyst - network services with Current Analysis. “Many of these customers want the ability to relax and restrict the flow of data across their networks, as dictated by their security needs. Verizon Business’ new custom firewall offering gives them that control.”

Secure Gateway Suite

Verizon Business’ Secure Gateway enables a suite of network-based offerings that deliver advanced IP services and applications to Private IP and other Verizon Network services. Secure Gateway offers customers the ability to exchange data selectively between public and private networks in a secure and controlled manner. Using robust firewalls and encryption engines, the Gateway securely facilitates the movement of customer-authorized data from one network to another. This approach is useful to companies that want to take advantage of the private network infrastructure, while also securely accessing the public Internet.

In addition to Secure Gateway - Firewall, Verizon offers two other Secure Gateway services -- Retail and Remote Office, and Mobile User -- all accessible via a single customer port. Secure Gateway - Retail and Remote Office securely connects a customer’s fixed remote locations to the customer’s Private IP or other Verizon private network, leveraging the public Internet for wider reach and lower cost, while also offering in-depth WAN analysis reporting of network performance. Secure Gateway - Mobile User gives remote employees secure connectivity to company data. Verizon’s Secure Gateway services are backed by stringent service level agreements (SLAs).

Verizon Business delivers world-class data and IP services to help business and government customers transform their business operations. Using Verizon Business’ advanced local-to-global network, companies have the power to achieve their enterprise communications goals. Whether through traditional data services (Private Line, Frame Relay and ATM) or advanced IP network services (Private IP or IP VPN Dedicated), Verizon Business is helping companies transition to an IP world.

Verizon Business is a recognized leader in delivering advanced communications and information technology (IT) services for large-business customers around the world. The company was awarded the 2006 “Highest Customer Satisfaction With Large Enterprise Data Service Providers” by J.D. Power and Associates in its annual study of small-, mid-sized and large-business customers.

Verizon Business is exhibiting at the RSA Conference 2007 security trade show in San Francisco at Booth #1244.

About Verizon Business
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a leading provider of advanced communications and information technology (IT) solutions to large business and government customers worldwide. Combining unsurpassed global network reach with advanced technology and professional service capabilities, Verizon Business delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. For more information, visit

J.D. Power and Associates Disclaimer: Verizon Business received the highest numerical score among data service providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Major Provider Business Telecommunications Data Services StudySM. Study is based on 3,138 total responses measuring 6 providers and measures opinions of consumers utilizing telecom services at small/midsize and large enterprise U.S. businesses. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January 2006. Your experiences may vary. Visit


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