Interliant beefs up security offerings

Application service provider and Web hosting company Interliant Inc. Tuesday launched a security service that pinpoints network vulnerabilities.

The security Vulnerability Assessment service, available immediately, includes a comprehensive audit of an enterprise’s network security, including internal and external penetration testing; host-based operating system configuration assessment; topology and infrastructure assessment; and firewall, router and switch analysis. The service also checks physical access to an enterprise’s facilities and reviews overall corporate security policies.

The system scans conducted on a regular basis by Interliant security engineers, detect existing and potential problems. The engineers then recommend remedies, which can be implemented by Interliant or the enterprise itself.

George Washington University uses Interliant’s Vulnerability Assessment service as an extension of its security team, says Krizi Trivisani, information security officer for the university. “Our in-house security team is extremely skilled, but due to its size we do not always possess the resources to take on all necessary security projects,” he says.

Analysts say companies can cut costs by looking to outside vendors to enhance the security of their Internet-based systems.

“End users can both save money and get better security services in most cases when they go with a vendor who specializes in [security services],” says Carrie Lewis, an analyst with the Yankee Group Inc.

Earlier this year, Interliant narrowed its focus to five areas, including managed security services. Interliant’s existing security services include security policy development; firewall design, implementation, management and monitoring; and round-the-clock network surveillance.

Interliant’s Vulnerability Assessment service is priced based on the number of target IP addresses and network complexity.