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Verizon Business Extends Security to Midsize Companies

Medium-sized businesses can now better assess and manage their security risks associated with protecting sensitive company, employee and customer information by tapping into a new, comprehensive security assessment and certification program from Verizon.

Verizon says its Security Management Program (SMP) Business proactively protects businesses from security threats by leveraging a set of best practices to evaluate a company’s security posture. It recommends ways to cost-effectively improve security and ease compliance with industry regulations.

“Mid-sized businesses face the same security risks as large enterprises, but often have many fewer resources to devote to security,” said Carrie Gray, executive director of medium business marketing for Verizon Business. “As one of the most mature security programs in the industry, Verizon SMP offers the expertise and the tools needed to enhance a customer’s security posture. This new service leverages the know-how from Verizon’s long-standing SMP practices, and tailors it specifically to meet the needs of medium-sized businesses.”

Poor security can result in lost data, customers and money. The 2009 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that mid-sized businesses are highly vulnerable to attack, with more than half of breaches occurring in organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees. Additionally, one-third of breaches studied came from companies with fewer than 100 employees.


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