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Managed Services on the Rise




Managed Services on the Rise
Managed Services on the Rise



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Managed Services on the Rise

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - Image-Based Spam Increasing
   - Vulnerabilities in Firefox 2.0, IE 7.0, Drupal, and 
Yahoo! Messenger
   - Security Log Collection
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
   - Security Matters Blog: Long Week in the Linux Trenches
   - Share Your Security Tips
   - FAQ: Circular Logging in Exchange Server
   - Know Your IT Security Contest
   - Microsoft Learning Paths for Security: Unifying Malware Protection 
for Better Desktop Defense 

PRODUCTS
   - Do You Know Where Your Data Is?
   - Wanted: Your Reviews of Products 

RESOURCES AND EVENTS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


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=== IN FOCUS: Managed Services on the Rise ====================   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Managed services are growing in popularity, with the support of many 
network administrators. The value of managed services is clear: They 
offload a lot of burden from a company, saving it time and money and 
reducing learning curves to a nearly flat line in some cases. Plus, 
managed services provide the advantage of knowing someone is there 
watching a service 24 hours a day, even on holidays. 

Because managed services are such a red hot market, consolidation is 
occurring at a blistering pace. The most recent movement comes from BT 
Group, global provider of communications solutions and managed 
services, which announced that it acquired Counterpane Internet 
Security, a provider of managed network security services. Counterpane, 
servicing some 550 companies, is now part of BT Global Services, a 
division of BT Group. 

This latest acquisition comes on the heels of other recent major 
acquisitions and mergers. In late September 2006, SecureWorks and LURHQ 
merged under the SecureWorks name. Together the companies provide 
managed security services to an estimated 1500 clients. In late August, 
IBM announced that it had reached a deal to acquire Internet Security 
Systems (ISS) for $1.3 billion in cash. ISS, a definitive leader in 
software-based and hardware-based solutions, also provides managed 
security services. 

Another managed services provider, Perimeter Internetworking, has 
acquired seven companies during the past several years: ANE 
Technologies, Red Cliff Solutions, Internet Threat Management, IRW 
Services, US Networks, Guarded Networks, and Breakwater Security 
Associates. If Perimeter wants to be acquired, its own recent 
acquisitions make it ripe for that possibility. Earlier this year, 
SurfControl acquired BlackSpider Technologies, and late last month, 
SurfControl announced two new managed security services offerings for 
Web and email protection. 

The merger and acquisition trends fit with industry analyst projections 
for increasing interest in the overall managed services sector. In 
February, a spokesperson for Insight Research said, "The US managed 
services market will grow at a compounded rate of 22 percent over the 
next five years due to growth in all segments of the managed services 
value chain." The company also said that revenues in the market sector 
will grow from $34 billion in 2006 to nearly $94 billion in 2011. 

"Because they can offer around-the-clock monitoring of network 
performance, improved application performance, and predictable service 
levels, managed service providers are in a unique position to expand 
their business in an effort to address the growth of this market," said 
Insight President Robert Rosenberg.

In a study commissioned by Cisco Systems, research firm Ovum said that 
it expects the global managed services market to reach $41.5 billion 
per year by 2009. The study results include predictions that by 2009, 
managed VPNs will account for 53 percent of the managed services market 
and that managed VoIP will account for the fastest growth with a 65 
percent compound annual growth rate. The study also indicates that 
Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are adopting managed services 
faster than any other region, with North America being the second 
fastest adopter. 

"More and more business customers want service providers to deploy and 
manage their network solutions to reduce costs and improve 
reliability," said Peter Hall, research director at Ovum. "Significant 
opportunities exist for service providers developing and delivering 
managed services, especially in the areas of multi-service IP VPN, IP 
communications, security and Metro Ethernet."

If you aren't using managed services, you might consider looking into 
how they could benefit your company. And if you're looking to head out 
on your own into the world of business start-ups, the managed services 
market space is a good one to look into. 


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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
Image-Based Spam Increasing
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difficulty. Secure Computing said that it sees a growing trend towards 
this type of message delivery.
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Vulnerabilities in Firefox 2.0, IE 7.0, Drupal, and Yahoo! Messenger
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Last week, I spent nearly every waking moment working on new Linux 
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