CenturyLink debuts Adaptive Network Security Mobility solution to decrease cyber risks for the global workforce



CenturyLink Inc. unveiled on Monday its Adaptive Network Security Mobility for businesses weighing the advantages of an increasingly mobile workforce against the need to protect sensitive information in existing complex cybersecurity landscape.

Adaptive Network Security Mobility is a network solution that enables remote users to securely connect to internet and private network resources without introducing cyber risks associated with using personal devices and unsecured WiFi.

CenturyLink Adaptive Network Security is a network- based layer of protection against an increasingly complicated threat landscape. The CenturyLink network acts as a sensor, giving visibility and control needed to monitor, block and report attempts to break into the network. Delivered as a combination of service chained functions in the cloud, CenturyLink Adaptive Network Security can adapt to new threats without requiring huge customer investments and new expertise.

By moving protection physically closer to the origins of threats, we’re able to neutralize threats more efficiently and effectively. Adaptive Network Security is carrier agnostic, allowing customers to protect internet connections with CenturyLink, hybrid environments, and third-party networks.

Built on the proven foundation of network-based security, CenturyLink Adaptive Network Security delivers cost- effective, flexible and reliable protection wherever business happens, without sacrificing performance.

Adaptive Network Security Mobility offers secure, remote VPN access to corporate networks via IPSec or SSL-based internet connections and a standard web browser, providing end-to-end encryption and tunneling. Enterprises purchase concurrent use sessions based on the anticipated number of users at any given time, rather than purchasing individual licenses for each mobile user.

Customers can 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,  interconnected via CenturyLink’s expansive, global VPN backbone. Whether employees connect with a laptop, tablet or smartphone, businesses maintain centralized authentication, user role-mapping, resource policies and sign-in policies while enabling remote connectivity.

“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,” said Chris Richter, vice president of Global Security Services for CenturyLink. “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.”   

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, users connect.

“With the expansion of remote and mobile workers, enterprises would be well-served to incorporate secure mobility as part of a comprehensive, cloud-based network security strategy, rather than an add-on, piecemeal approach,” noted Christina Richmond, security service practice program director for IDC, a premier global market intelligence firm.

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