AT&T to introduce virtual security functions for customers

As part of AT&T’s transition to a software-centric network strategy, known as network function virtualization, we’re also virtualizing security functions for our customers.

What does this transition to software-based security mean? Simply, we’re managing our network with less reliance on hardware and more on software. This transition will allow us to deploy services like security more rapidly. We can update security protections automatically instead of relying on manual updates. Compare buying a DVD online and waiting for it to ship to downloading and streaming a movie immediately on your device. That’s what this transition to virtualized security looks like for our customer deployments.

AT&T’s virtualized firewall solution includes additional layers of security like intrusion detection, application control, antivirus solutions, and web filtering to help protect information stored in the cloud.

Virtualized security offers four key benefits to customers: 

1. Dynamic updates

2. Quick deployments

3. Deployable in the cloud in many environments (customer premise, private, public, and hybrid clouds)

4. Additional security protections

Dynamic updates

With this functionality, AT&T will be able to deploy security measures where they are needed. We can adjust security for a particular situation or time of day and react in near real-time based on when businesses are most at risk. For example, during the busy holiday season, we’ll be able to deploy additional customized security protections for retail companies that might face heightened risk during that time frame.

Virtualized security will also help us improve our ability to scale security during an attack or high-traffic time frame to keep things running without disturbing operations. This will help companies save money, time, and resources.

Quick deployments

These capabilities will offer more flexible and reliable security solutions that are customized to meet our customers’ needs. For example, as businesses move content to the cloud, some applications are hosted in several different cloud environments. These customers need a way to quickly and efficiently implement consistent security policies across all of these environments. Enter virtualized security.

Deployable in the cloud in many environments

AT&T’s virtualized security functions can be deployed in different cloud environments, including public, private, and hybrid clouds. With this service, customers will be able to customize security functions, define their security needs, and deploy automated security to efficiently help protect workloads across all environments.  

Additional security protections

Virtualized security extends security beyond a company’s own defenses, offering security in the cloud at the application level. This means applications will have their own customized protections, rather than one generalized perimeter defense.

Virtualized security is also integrated with AT&T’s threat analysis, customer portal, and contracting/billing systems. Connection to the threat portal means virtualized security functions will be constantly learning from the latest threats and working to adapt and improve security protections to help businesses stay highly secure.

This is just the start of what’s next in security at AT&T. For additional insights from AT&T security leaders, check out AT&T’s Cybersecurity Insights report.

And stay tuned for some exciting AT&T security news at the 17th Annual AT&T Cybersecurity Conference in New York City on October 5-6. Catch the livestream here.

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