24 January 2018
| James Pearce
CenturyLink has launched a new set of network security solutions aimed at enabling remote business users to securely connect to internet and private network resources without typically-associated cyber risks.
Adaptive Network Security is a set of next generation
firewalls with additional functionality built into them,
including: secure, remote VPN access to corporate networks; and
the ability to access Adaptive Network Security through a
constellation of global next-generation security gateways
distributed across Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East and Africa
and North America, all interconnected via
CenturyLink’s expansive, global VPN backbone.
Adaptive Network Security Mobility allows enterprises to
route mobile users’ access through next-generation
Adaptive Network Security gateways, enabling the consistent
application of security policies regardless of how, or where,
CenturyLink has initially deployed gateways in Africa,
Europe, Asia, North America, and by H1 2018 it will have three
additional gateways in Latin America, according to vice
president of global security services Chris Richter.
"These are next generation firewalls – security
gateways with extra security functions built into them,"
Richter told Capacity. "Companies use these as a way to reduce
the cost or replace entirely their perimeter firewalls, most
notably at their prem locations. We are extending these
features to the mobile workforce.
"Businesses today are embracing a global and mobile employee
base. Thanks to the need for a constant connection on the
devices of our choice, the concept of a 'security
perimeter’ can be difficult to define."
"Compounding matters is the unfortunate fact that public
WiFi remains highly susceptible to hacking, and mobile devices
are prime targets, which is why enterprises need secure
mobility solutions that do not hinder performance and
flexibility. Our customers need to be confident their
employees’ connections are secure regardless of
connection type or device."
The policy of the mobile user follows them wherever they go
because that is checked and assessed at the gateway, Richter
The product is a legacy Level 3 offering, following the
merger of the two companies which was completed last year. It
falls into a wider range of security products being offered by
CenturyLink, which includes a number of security controls
including DDoS mitigation capability with over 4.5tbs, threat
analysis capabilities on its backbone, and other services.
Richter adds:"With spiralling security costs, which include
the cost of the hardware which needs to be keep up-to-date, and
the cost of the personnel to manage it – there are
over a million job openings around the world in security that
can’t be filled right now – enterprises
look for something that relieves that cost. And we do that.
Instead of maintaining that cost for a mobile workforce,
we’ve added that.
"The number of people moving to mobility for work is growing
so these VPN connections are becoming increasingly important.
In North America alone there is around four million people
never sitting in an office using a dedicated circuit."
Adaptive Network Security