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AT&T launches new Managed Security Services portfolio in Asia Pacific

  • 19 August, 2003 09:50

<p>Offers Business Customers Enhanced Security for their Networking Environments</p>
<p>AT&amp;T today launched a new portfolio of Managed Security Services in the Asia Pacific region. AT&amp;T Managed Firewall Services – Premises Based is the first service to be introduced in Asia as part of the new portfolio. The service is now available in six markets – Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan, and will be introduced in more Asian markets later.</p>
<p>AT&amp;T Managed Firewall Services – Premises Based provides essential network security functions for businesses that utilize Internet Protocol (IP) based networks or Internet access solutions. This fully managed end-to-end service not only includes installation of security system components at customer premises, it also includes day-to-day management, proactive monitoring and on-going maintenance of the network and firewall server and software. These firewall management services are supported by AT&amp;T's security professionals based at its Global Client Support Centres (GCSCs).</p>
<p>"Our new Managed Security Services and Managed Firewall Services are important additions to our service portfolio here in Asia Pacific," said Steve Lowe, Vice President of AT&amp;T Business Asia Pacific. "Customers' growing concerns about network security indicate that neither their in-house IT teams, nor specialist security vendors can provide them with the level of security assurance they need."</p>
<p>"As a leading provider of secure networking solutions for global businesses, AT&amp;T has seen increased demand for its integrated solutions, that are capable of managing both network and security on a single platform. Businesses can now benefit from AT&amp;T's network investment, technological leadership and highly trained, experienced teams in the region. The new service launch underlines AT&amp;T's ongoing commitment to the delivery of globally consistent high quality services," Mr. Lowe added.</p>
<p>By helping companies to secure network access points with a high level of security, AT&amp;T Managed Firewall Services – Premises Based helps to shield customers' internal systems from outside intrusion. Several different configurations are available to provide customers greater flexibility, such as dual, triple or quadruple homed firewalls, which allow varying levels of access to the open Internet and corporate Local Area Networks (LANs). AT&amp;T has also combined the software and equipment developed by leading providers of network security solutions, including Check Point Software Technologies and Nokia, in developing this new solution.</p>
<p>According to a survey conducted by IDC on Asia Pacific* network security, nearly 40% of respondents said that threats of network attacks had increased in the last year, while 28% reported some form of network security breach. Around 40% of IT managers rated network security as their main technology concern.</p>
<p>IDC survey data also indicated that companies in Asia/Pacific are set to increase their spending on Internet security. With spending on Internet security at approximately 8-14% of total IT expenditure among Asian organizations in 2002, Internet security spending is expected to increase to 9-17% of total IT budgets in the next 12 months.</p>
<p>AT&amp;T anticipates significant business opportunities as the total market for network security services is expected to increase more than threefold in Asia Pacific by 2006 to around US$3 billion. The global trend also indicates that spending on network security will triple to an estimated US$23 billion.</p>
<p>With US$300 million investment in the AT&amp;T Global Network and over US$200 million in the iGEMS suite of network e-management tools in 2002, combined with the rollout of new business services and capabilities, AT&amp;T is reinforcing its position as the industry's leading networking company.</p>
<p>In 2003, AT&amp;T is spending an additional US$500 million to significantly improve the customer experience. The company is dramatically simplifying its contracts, slashing provisioning time, improving billing accuracy, and rolling out powerful electronic servicing capabilities, such as linking customers' computers directly into AT&amp;T's network-support systems. By migrating to a single MPLS-enabled AT&amp;T Global Network, AT&amp;T can offer customers a consistent experience in service levels and applications around the world.</p>
<p>* Data extracted from "Asia/Pacific Users' Perspective on Internet Security" – IDC, December 2002</p>
<p>About AT&amp;T Asia/Pacific</p>
<p>AT&amp;T Asia Pacific (www.ap.att.com) has a significant presence in the region, with headquarters in Hong Kong and key offices in 13 markets. The company offers advanced communication services to governments, businesses and consumers, which include voice, data and online. In addition, NTT Communications has acquired a 15 percent equity interest in AT&amp;T Global Network Services Japan. Other significant investments in the region include a 25 per cent stake in Shanghai Symphony Telecom, trading under the brand name UNISITI – the first ever Sino-foreign telecom services joint venture, with Shanghai Telecom and Shanghai Information Investment.</p>
<p>AT&amp;T has won many awards for outstanding performance and customer service. AT&amp;T was also voted Best Global Carrier in Telecom Asia Readers' Choice Awards (1999-2002) for four consecutive years. More recently, in December 2002, AT&amp;T won two awards for "Gold Performer in Managed Network Services" and "Gold Performer in Hosting Service/Data Center" at the Asia Computer Weekly Readers' Choice Award 2002.</p>
<p>Safe Harbour</p>
<p>The foregoing are "forward-looking statements" which are based on AT&amp;T management's beliefs as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events made by and information currently available to management. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside AT&amp;T's control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. For a more detailed description of the factors that could cause such a difference, please see AT&amp;T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&amp;T disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>

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