GTE Internetworking Bundles Security, Services

Taking a small departure from its traditional enterprise user focus, GTE Internetworking next week is rolling out an all-in-one managed security service for small to midsize business users ComNet 2000.

GTE Internetworking's Secure BizConnect service offers companies with fewer than 500 employees 128K bit/sec to 1.544M bit/sec dedicated Internet access, which includes a Watchguard Technologies Firebox II security appliance, a Cisco 1605 router and round-the-clock network monitoring.

Secure BizConnect is really the coupling of GTE Internetworking's Security Advantage managed firewall and BizConnect managed Internet access services, which the ISP still sells separately. By bringing the offerings together, it's easier for users to order and monitor the service because GTE Internetworking is providing a single invoice for all aspects of the Secure BizConnect offering.

Only 20 percent of GTE Internetworking's customers are small to midsize businesses, primarily because the ISP has focused on offering services to Fortune 1000 businesses, says Tim Bowen, product marketing manager for virtual private networks and Internet security services at GTE Internetworking. But GTE Internetworking expects its small business customer base to grow almost 15 percent by offering users bundled cost-effective services.

Secure BizConnect is 5 percent less expensive than buying GTE Internetworking's managed firewall and dedicated Internet access services separately, Bowen says.

And Secure BizConnect includes a Cisco router, which is not included in the flat price of GTE Internetworking's standard BizConnect service.

GTE Internetworking ships its Secure BizConnect customers a Firewall II security appliance that is preconfigured with the customer's network access parameters along with a preconfigured Cisco 1605 router. Users will be able to simply plug the devices in to their network and start working, Bowen says. The Firewall II device also comes with an analog telephone line port that is used by GTE Internetworking to take the device down if a network intrusion is detected.

Secure BizConnect customers get a monthly security incident report. Customers also can access the ISP's Stats Advantage bandwidth utilization and performance Web page to get an idea of how much traffic is being sent and received over their dedicated Internet access links.

Secure BizConnect is available now, with pricing starting at $1,375 per month.

GTE Internetworking offers business users several service options that range from a 128K-bps to 256K-bps dedicated Internet access link with two network configuration changes per month, to a dedicated T-1 with up to 12 network configuration changes per month.

GTE Internetworking: www.bbn.com.

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