Network services company NetStar has launched ITGuardDog.com, a Web-based security and antivirus service catering to growing demand in the security space.
The security services can be purchased over the Internet and are fully Internet-automated. The services includes Web management and reporting tools, with NetStar planning to add further automated services to its ITGuardDog portfolio during the year.
The ITGuardDog portfolio uses technology from Network Associates. Currently the portfolio includes three major components. There is VirusScan ASaP, an automated managed antivirus service for the desktop environment. With CyberCop ASaP, a managed Web-based vulnerability assessment service, tasks can be carried out such as remote security assessments of a network and updates as new security flaws are found. Then there is PC Firewall ASaP, which is a firewall security service that includes monitoring, controlling and logging a PC's network activity.
Oliver Descoeudres, marketing manager at NetStar, said it had decided to provide these security services because it could see the growth in the security area as a whole, with more and more demand for security services.
The company had also seen the increasing cost being faced by its customers in trying to find and retain staff with the requisite skills. Descoeudres said this had been a factor in customer's growing acceptance of managed services.
"We could see customers quite willing to outsource their security to us, even though they wanted to have more of a hands-on role in other areas of the network," Descoeudres said. "They weren't after a full outsourcing model, but they were happy to outsource particular parts of their business which they didn't have the skillset to cover."
In addition to selling ITGuardDog to its own customers, NetStar is also hoping to develop a network of channel partners, such as telcos and ISPs, to expand its market into non-traditional sectors. NetStar is hoping to sign up its first partners within the next couple of months.
Photograph: Oliver Descoeudres, marketing manager NetStar