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Optus Steps Up Cloud Security As Threats Intensify

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The new Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) and Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) run from the Cloud will provide commercial entities an additional layer of protection against threats such as e-mail virus, spam, malware, and eliminates unwanted traffic from its network.

Denial of Service, which Optus has already provided applications for, to its Evolve network users also helps to ensure information shared is only with legitimate businesses or individuals to keep network protected.

This launch comes as a startling number of high profile companies including Sony, Nintendo as well as RSA (owned by EMC), who provide SecurID tokens to Australian and US government departments as well as Westpac, were subject to cyber attacks in recent months.

The services are to be integrated into its existing IaaS (infrastructure as a service) Cloud solution launched last year, according to Computerworld.

The Cloud security services will also act as a online filtering manager for employees, block access to potential malicious websites and other material.

“Enterprises spend a considerable amount of time, effort and money in managing their security systems,” Scott Mason, Optus Business director of marketing and strategy said.

“By integrating these security capabilities within the core Optus Evolve platform, security threats and malicious traffic can be stopped in our network, which frees up our customers’ networks of any unwanted traffic.”

The services will also lessen the need for external antivirus software.

And this is not all Singapore owned Optus has lined up. It announced yesterday the introduction of a management tool for mobile devices to allow business manage a fleet of devices and provide security tools.

This comes as the telco launched Future of Work report in Sydney yesterday, which suggests workplace sare becoming ever more mobile with use of devices like tablets and smartphones.

42 percent of IT managers expect to work remotely within the next 3-5 years – a jump of 15 percent on the current figure, according to the Optus research.