CSC set to launch no frills security services

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is set to introduce "pay-per-drink" security services next month as part of a new range of customised offerings for new and existing clients.

It is the first time CSC has offered this pay-by-usage pricing which is still being formalised, according to CSC's Australian director of global information security services Kim Valois.

This type of software utility computing model has been at the centre of industry announcements in the past few months including IBM, Computer Associates and HP, offering a more attractive value proposition for customers.

Valois said CSC's offerings include a "no frills" service for security compliance and monitoring services and intrusion detection.

"With a pay-per-drink pricing model customers can define in advance what alerts they want; we may come in for four to six weeks to get familiar with traffic flow prior to reaching an agreement with the client," she said.

Lack of skills sets is driving the hosted security market, Valois said, as it takes specialised knowledge to differentiate between false alarms and valid events.

At the same time, CSC has relocated its global emergency response centre from North America to Australia with the outsourcing provider recently recruiting six IT security staff to accommodate the move with further recruitment plans in the works.

This places the local team at the centre of monitoring and maintaining CSC's internal infrastructure, the bulk of which is located in North America.

As a result the centre's busiest hours are in the middle of the night, Valois said, adding that in the last 72 hours she has slept a total of five hours.

In less than two years CSC's local IT security services division has doubled and Valois said it is "marching toward a total of 80 staff" and has set an ambitious target of 25 per cent growth for the next fiscal year.

Earlier this week CSC relocated 1300 staff into a single head office north west of Sydney.

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