CenturyLink launches security operations centre in Singapore

18 January 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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CenturyLink has unveiled its eighth global security operations centre (SOC) in Singapore.

The new facility will offer CenturyLink Asia-Pacific customers greater ability to predict, protect and respond to both internal and external threats using CenturyLink’s network-based security solutions.

"Our goal at CenturyLink is to make security simple for today's digital businesses," said Chris Betz, chief security officer for CenturyLink. "By embedding security into the network, customers have access to secure networking solutions powered by our expansive view of the global threat landscape and our proactive approach to mitigating threats on the global internet, without the need to manage additional add-on services."

More than 80% of organisations in Asia-Pac do not have security proficiency or an optimal security programme, according to Securing Connectivity across the Asia/Pacific for a Trusted Digital Future, an IDC vendor spotlight sponsored by CenturyLink.

"Asia Pacific organisations are facing an ever-evolving threat landscape, where the complexity of networks is changing, with businesses leveraging hybrid cloud environments to digitally transform,” said Simon Piff, vice president for IT security practice business at IDC Asia Pacific. “Organisations need to consider a 'build vs buy' model to sustain the necessary level of threat intelligence and advanced analytics capabilities along with the skills to interpret and act on findings. They will also need to undertake a holistic, enterprise-wide security posture that is proactive and predictive to combat threats and secure their business data."

CenturyLink’s SOC gives customers with always-on management of the company’s robust suite of advanced threat prevention and detection solutions, custom threat intelligence derived from its extensive global IP network, cloud-based firewalls, DDoS mitigation and security log monitoring.

In December, CenturyLink paired managed Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewalls, with advanced threat detection and visibility, in response to the demand for greater agility in premises security.