Thursday, March 09, 2006

USi ASP creates Security and Risk Management Practice USinternetworking, a premier provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), today announced the launch of its Information Security and Risk Management Practice. USi already provides secure hosting services to more than 150 clients and millions of end-users within client organizations. Now, USi is expanding its offerings to provide secured hosting and consulting services beyond its own data centers and client infrastructure.

"USi has built its reputation by delivering secure, reliable, integrated
and continuously-supported services to our clients. We live and breathe
security 24/7," says Curtis Hampshire, USi, General Manager, eBusiness.
"Today -- more than ever -- responsible executives understand the true
importance of security to their organizations. USi's Information Security and
Risk Management Practice provides visibility into business, technical and
operational risk so managers can make informed decisions and cost effective
investments in information security and mitigation efforts."

By leveraging the combination of deep security and privacy expertise with
world-class, secure data center operations, USi enables enterprises to defend
against a variety of emerging threats to information security. These include
organized hacking and phishing attacks; ongoing proliferation of worms and
viruses; targeted attacks on wireless networks and the increasing legal
liability companies must take on for data protection.

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Information Security, 2005, (by Vic Wheatman, et
al., 5 July 2005) details many of the considerations enterprises face when
considering security technologies and investments. "Choosing and maintaining
security technologies continue to be top priorities for enterprise executives
and managers. Those same managers are under more pressure than ever to show
business value and cost-effectiveness for security measures. Security
spending is being driven by a variety of concerns, all of them pressing. Aside
from the age-old need to 'keep the bad guys out' and 'let the good guys in,'
compliance with new government regulations, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act,
are now playing a significant role in security spending decisions.
Furthermore, hackers continue to invent new ways to break into enterprise
files and steal valuable data. Private individuals are also under increased
threat of cybertheft, with schemes such as "phishing" putting more pressure on
financial service providers to protect customers' personal information."

USi's Information Security and Risk Management Services include a
multitude of offerings such as: Risk and Vulnerability Assessments to assist
enterprises with regulatory and privacy compliance; Identity Management
Services to ensure enterprises maintain complete control over user access;
Single-Sign On (SSO), Auditing and Access Controls; Vulnerability and Patch
Management; Incident Response and Forensics Services and Managed Security
Services delivered in partnership with Counterpane Internet Security to help
enterprises increase protection for critical assets with the benefit of a
reduced, predictable cost model.

Enterprises taking advantage of USi's security solutions facilitate their
own compliance with data privacy legislation, including Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley
Act (GLBA) and Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), European EC
Directive and Safe Harbor among others. "By leveraging our experienced
information security staff and technology, we can meet our clients' regulatory
requirements and let them focus on core business and not maintenance tasks,"
adds Hampshire.

USi's services include assessing, planning, architecting, implementing and
operating secure environments, which evolve based on the client's business
needs. Clients gain the ability to detect attacks and suspicious activity in
real time; watch more points across the network and destination targets; enjoy
real-time correlation and response and gain immediate ROI.

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