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ACN Selects VeriSign To Provide Managed Security Services In Asia Pacific

  • 08 November, 2005 09:27

<p>VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), the leading provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, today announced that it has been selected by ACN, a leading direct telecommunications reseller, to provide VeriSign® Managed Security Services across Asia Pacific.</p>
<p>VeriSign will monitor and manage ACN’s firewall and intrusion detection systems, as well as provide vulnerability assessment and alerting services. This will provide ACN with the actionable intelligence it needs to protect its corporate network, employees and large base of network marketers from security threats, including data compromise and identity theft.</p>
<p>Launched in Australia in September 2004, US-based ACN is one of the world’s leading direct telecommunications resellers with millions of customers in 18 different countries. As a rapidly growing sales organisation providing network access to a large number of independent representatives, security threats are a significant risk to its business.</p>
<p>“Not only do our systems require constant monitoring as we continue to grow, but we also need to keep our IT staff trained in the latest security technologies to stay ahead of the increasing number and sophistication of threats. The time spent tackling these threats takes their focus away from other important IT issues to our business,” said Fabio Bastian, CIO for ACN.</p>
<p>“ACN considered implementing an in-house security team, but realised that managed security services were the only way we could cost effectively increase the reach and efficiency of our security defences and protect our data. VeriSign’s services will enable us to get on with what we do best, rather than having to face the hassle and expense of trying to manage it all ourselves.”</p>
<p>VeriSign Managed Security Services enable ACN to proactively assess, monitor, manage and respond to security threats. The services combine real-time information, sophisticated analysis tools and 24x7 operational monitoring and management support to provide integrated monitoring and management control. This approach allows ACN to leverage its existing IT investment, help increase staff efficiency, implement early warning systems for business continuity and proactively prioritise security activities and investment according to business risk.</p>
<p>“Businesses in Australia are searching for stronger overall security without stretching internal resources or confronting the pressure of constantly monitoring for threats, equipment failures and system vulnerabilities,” said Gregg Rowley, vice president, Asia Pacific for VeriSign.</p>
<p>“Since the Internet is a global medium, systems and networks have to be monitored 24/7 to ensure constant protection. VeriSign invests in the latest technology and expertise on behalf of its customers to ensure the latest protection is in place, providing companies like ACN with peace of mind.”</p>
<p>About VeriSign</p>
<p>VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world’s voice and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at</p>
<p>About ACN</p>
<p>ACN is a leader in the rapid expansion of the global telecommunications industry and has become one of the world’s leading direct sellers, servicing millions of satisfied customers in 18 different countries. For further information, visit</p>
<p>For more information, contact:
VeriSign Media Relations: Emma Keen,, +61 2 9236 0572</p>
<p>Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as the risk that VeriSign's announced strategic relationships, including the relationship described herein, may not result in additional products, services, customers, profits or revenues; and increased competition and pricing pressures. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.</p>

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