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September 10, 2012

Verizon EMEA joins Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Pro Network

Verizon EMEA has joined Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) Pro Network, a group of experienced security service providers specializing in application security. Verizon (News - Alert) will now add SDL capabilities alongside its existing, robust suite of security services, offered through its Terremark subsidiary, to help enterprise customers build secure, robust development lifecycles in a cost-effective manner, as part of an integrated security approach.

Dirk Beynaerts, EMEA head of Global Consulting & Integration Services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said, "By focusing on security as a core component in the software development process, enterprises can discover vulnerabilities early in the process, leading to improved application security and privacy, and reduced business risk. Microsoft's (News - Alert) SDL process is widely recognized as leading in its field. By joining the SDL Pro network, Verizon is able to combine this best-practice approach with its own extensive consulting experience and expertise to help customers realize additional technical, cost and business alignment benefits."

The Security Development Lifecycle is a leading software security assurance process, which is designed to position security and privacy concerns at the core of the software development process. It incorporates training, requirements, design, implementation, verification, release and response capabilities to help enterprises realize security improvements, control overall development costs, and strengthen the security assurance of associated applications. The Microsoft SDL Pro Network recognizes those security consultants and trainers with significant SDL methodology and technology expertise, who can help make software more secure and reliable.

Recently, Verizon has expanded the functionality of its Flex View service for FiOS IPTV (News - Alert) to include instant streaming of a range of TV offerings from NBCUniversal, the WB and E!, plus thousands of Hollywood titles from the six major studios. The functionality allows users to stream content for the first time, not just download it for later viewing. Flex View also allows FiOS (News - Alert) customers buy or rent more than 25,000 video-on-demand titles (VOD), including movies and TV shows, and watch them on their TV, PC and mobile device – inside or outside the home.

Downloadable content or transactional VOD is one thing, but media studios have been fairly wary of allowing subscription-based TV Everywhere streaming video services outside the home, thanks to twin issues. One, they feel that content licensing fees should be upped, because using the mobile Internet is technically a using different service delivery mechanism; and two, the opportunity for privacy outside of the managed service environment of the home increases exponentially.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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