Verizon security services group to gobble up Cybertrust

Verizon aims to merge Cybertrust with Verizon's Business Managed Security Services group

With its acquisition of security vendor Cybertrust officially completed Monday, Verizon began discussing how it intends to merge Cybertrust with Verizon's Business Managed Security Services group.

Cybertrust has four security operations centers (SOC) located in the cities of Atlanta; Canberra, Australia; and Leugen, Belgium, as well as one in Luxembourg dedicated solely to financial services customers. Verizon operates SOCs in Cary, N.C., as well as two in the Virginia cities of Ashburn and Herndon. Now that Cybertrust is part of Verizon, said Kerry Bailey, vice president of security solutions for Verizon Busines, Verizon will provide a unified portal view into the combined services on behalf of customers, which total 2,600 enterprises and government organizations.

"One thousand six hundred of these customers come from Cybertrust," Bailey said, noting that Cybertrust's managed security services primarily focus on remotely managing intrusion detection/prevention systems and firewall equipment on the customer premises as well as offering public-key infrastructure services.

Verizon's Business Managed Security Services have focused on in-the-cloud services, including denial-of-service prevention services as well e-mail content management. "There is some overlap in the device managing area," Bailey said, adding that Verizon will be using the Cybertrust managed services platform for this in the future.

Verizon will be branding offerings in the expanded security portfolio under a name that seeks to blend both: Verizon Business Managed Security Services Powered by Cybertrust. The Verizon security division will have more than 1,100 employees, with the 850 who have joined from Cybertrust.

The ICSA Labs division, which Verizon acquired with the Cybertrust acquisition, will operate as an independent unit, continuing to evaluate and test a wide range of security software and equipment.

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