New network security solutions have been launched by Centurylink Inc (NYSE:CTL) with the aim of enabling remote enterprise users to connect to the internet as well as private network resources securely without exposing themselves to cyber risks. Known as Adaptive Network Security, these are basically the next generation of firewalls but with extra functionality.
This includes remote and secure access to a corporate virtual private network. Also the new network security solutions allow access to next-generation security gateways which are spread across North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. All these are linked via the expansive and worldwide VPN backbone of CenturyLink.
Using Adaptive Network Security also lets businesses to route the access of their mobile users via next-generation gateways and this allows security policies to be applied consistently regardless of where or how users connect.
Per the global security services vice president of CenturyLink, gateways have already been deployed in North America, Asia, Europe and African and by the end of this year’s first half, there will be three other gateways established in South America.
“These are next generation firewalls – security gateways with extra security functions built into them. Companies use these as a way to reduce the cost or replace entirely their perimeter firewalls, most notably at their prem locations,” said Richter in a statement.
Acquisition of Level 3 Communications
The new network security solution is a Level 3 Communications product. CenturyLink acquired the firm last year at a price of $24 billion after the deal got the approval of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Other security products that CenturLink is offering include DDoS mitigation and threat analysis capabilities.
According to Richter there are more a million job positions across the globe in cyber security which can’t be filled due to the cost as well as lack of people with the requisite skills. The solutions that CenturyLink therefore relieve the cost that would be accrued while providing security to a world where work mobility is increasing with more and more mobile and remote workers. In North America for instance about four million workers don’t use a dedicated circuit because they are always on the move or because they work remotely.