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New AT&T security offerings include early warning system

AT&T has released two new security services, AT&T Internet Protect and AT&T Personal Firewall, which it claims will...


March 23, 2004  


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AT&T has released two new security services, AT&T Internet Protect and AT&T Personal Firewall, which it claims will provide businesses and government agencies worldwide some of the most powerful weapons available to date in their ever-increasing battle against cyber security attacks.

According to Computer Economics in Carlsbad, Calif., the worldwide impact of cyber attacks has grown steadily from $3.3 billion in 1997 to an estimated $12 billion in 2003.

As a result, protecting networks against malicious intruders and unauthorized activities has become critical to business today, the company says.

The new capabilities provide early warning of potential threats and give businesses and government agencies the ability to secure and more effectively protect their networks and employee workstations from cyber attacks.

Many managed security service providers today offer services that address cyber security attacks after they have affected a customer’s network and applications, AT&T says.

AT&T Internet Protect is designed to alert businesses via a secure Web portal to potential threats before they become full-blown attacks.

AT&T says it will notify customers within minutes of identifying critical malicious activity, including denial of service attacks, and provide recommended immediate action to be taken by the customer.

The company will back AT&T Internet Protect with a service level agreement. If it fails to notify a customer of a network-based denial of service attack before the customer reports it, the customer will be credited the charges for AT&T Internet Protect for that month’s service.