There were two interesting network security announcements this morning aimed at the federal sector:
International network opertor glbc has partnered with Bivio Networks to deliver managed security to US Government customers. Amongst other products, Global Crossing will leverage Bivio’s Continuous Threat Monitoring Solution. They have been aggressively expanding their efforts in the federal marketplace this summer, having brought in John Sutton as general manager for this vertical. Money from DC takes a long time to wind its way through the bureaucracy and into the revenue column, but it gets there eventually.
The 800lb gorilla of the CDN space, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings), also made a move aimed at the Federal space. They added support for DNSSEC to their Enhanced DNS product, which adds security features to traditional DNS. The managed offering is aimed at helping government agencies by simplifying compliance with OMB mandates. DNSSEC has been around for a decade, but has been getting more press lately due to potential cyber threats. Akamai’s move may spur other major DNS providers to hop off the fence.
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