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AT&T on the Webcast Security Beat

NEW YORK -- AT&T Chief Information Security Officer Ed Amoroso outlined AT&T's roadmap for corporate security services today, and announced the company's launch of a news channel that focuses on Internet security issues for its business and government customers.

Internet Security News Network (AT&T ISNN) is a 24/7 video webcast providing enterprises with security news and information, helping clients follow the latest security issues, according to Amoroso.

"We've built a channel that is the glue around all of our security services," Amoroso said during his keynote speech at the Interop conference here today. "It is our way as a carrier of finding and building that connection to you."

The network delivers up-to-date information from security experts and forensic analysts directly to subscribers' desktops around the clock, according Amoroso.

ISNN will also provide live emergency broadcasts as security attacks occur, keeping customers informed until the event is resolved.

"We are creating a new standard in Internet security that demands critical, up-to-the-minute intelligence delivered directly to the customer's desktop," Amoroso said.

AT&T says the new network "enhances the company's robust portfolio" of managed security services, including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, denial of service capabilities and token authentication.

And the enterprise needs to extend to beyond the new channel, said Amoroso, to protect AT&T's internal network and the service provider's global customer network.

Amoroso said managed security and intrusion detection were a cornerstone of the company's security outlook. And much like other carriers, AT&T started to monitor packets per second and bits per second based on customer s based on their ingress up in the cloud.

"So the idea is rather than stop the tsunami at the beach, it makes more sense to go 10 miles up in the ocean and see if we can't stop it before it develops," he said.

"Embedded in the cloud a carrier can do some things others can't do," he said. "Security needs to become embedded in everything we do," he said.