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Bell Canada launches new security division

Bell Canada today launched Bell Security Solutions Inc. (BSSI), which the company says will provide network and inf...


February 15, 2005  


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Bell Canada today launched Bell Security Solutions Inc. (BSSI), which the company says will provide network and information security for communications networks to Canadian business and government.

“We are seeing more and more customers migrating to an IP platform to increase productivity and reduce costs,” said Isabelle Courville, president of Bell Canada Enterprise Group.

Security is a mission critical function and requires tailored and integrated solutions, said Charles Salameh, president of BSSI.

According to the CERT Coordination Centre, based at Carnegie Mellon University, in 2000, there were 21,000 reported virus incidents.

Three years later, the number was more than six times higher.

“Enterprise customers are increasingly looking to technology partners who can provide end-to-end solutions and not just individual pieces of the puzzle,” said Zeus Kerravala, Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, the Yankee Group.

The new division will offer security advances that include predictive technologies that profile the behaviour of network saboteurs, biometric scanning and smart tags which track inventories from manufacturing to end customer

The Canadian security market was valued at approximately $1 billion in 2004 and is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2007.