Kaz and Symantec team for managed service

Telstra subsidiary Kaz today announced a partnership with Symantec to offer a managed security service in Australia.

This is the first time Symantec Operational Services has partnered with a company to offer a managed service.

The partnership will offer managed desktop anti virus, e-mail gateway security and secure Web content filtering, 24 hour incident response and fixed price agreements based on three, four and five year contracts.

Mike Foster, CEO of Kaz said the company met with Symantec executives four weeks ago in the United States.

"Over the past couple of years Kaz and Telstra Service Solutions had quite an emerging business around security and one of the things we (Kaz) are now looking at doing is the ability to replicate that capability," Foster said.

"From a Kaz perspective we are starting to look at security end to end and there is an interesting diachotomy happening in the security marketplace. I can even think of one client who asked us to consult because their security policies are so strict it inhibits the way work is done.

"We see the network as really becoming the core central point for which lots of opportunities will eminate."

David Sykes, managing director of Symantec Australia said the nature of selective outsourcing combined with repeatable, standardized security services is the reason why the partnership was formed.

Sykes said Symantec's business is not driven solely by worms and viruses.

"We partnered with Kaz because there were pieces of the (outsourcing) puzzle they either did not or could not do," he said.

According to Sykes in 2004-05 period there were 22 global virus outbreaks and four reported in 2005, however the changing security landscape, combined with hard-to-find security experts, is leading to a rise in managed services.

"The key issue is moving towards standardized, selective outsourcing services and doing it with SLAs and a known per-month cost structure," he said.

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