DENVER, August 4, 2008 – As more business and government customers look to connect and secure their networks, Qwest Communications International (NYSE: Q) makes it easy with the introduction of Qwest Comply™ and Qwest Teleworker™– the latest products in the Qwest Mobility™ suite of services. The new services unify the management of endpoint security so that employees can work beyond a traditional walled environment without compromising office security or compliance.
With the introduction of Qwest Comply and Qwest Teleworker, Qwest customers have simple and affordable ways to protect their enterprise networks and business-critical data whether employees are in or out of the office. Qwest Mobility customers can now seamlessly integrate all endpoint enforcement, remediation, VPN client integration and desktop encryption in a single, location-agnostic solution.
Problems related to such things as responding to auditors on compliance readiness are now a thing of the past. Qwest Comply and Qwest Teleworker minimize the risk associated with lost or stolen computers while enabling users to work remotely on the broadest scale possible, keeping devices protected with firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam and encryption tools that are all automatically updated. Administrators are also empowered to customize access processes and procedures.
“Expanding our broadband capabilities to customers at work and on the go is a key focus for Qwest,” said Dan Yost executive vice president of Product at Qwest. “By partnering with Fiberlink, a trusted provider of secure mobility for the enterprise, we continue to enhance Qwest’s solution portfolio with offerings that put the customer first and make their lives simpler.”
Key features of the Fiberlink platform include an easy-to-use software agent for all connectivity options, and a web-based management center for IT policy configuration and enforcement, management of mobile security applications and compliance controls. On-demand access options are provided through the Fiberlink aggregate footprint. That footprint includes more than 71,000 global WiFi hot spots and more than 1,500 hotels worldwide. Plus, access locations are updated automatically via Fiberlink’s Mobility Platform.
In a recent Forrester TechRadar™ report, industry analyst Chris Silva explained, “Enterprises see mobility as a top priority and seek to provide more mobility support to employees, implement solutions that provide seamless movement between networks, and formalize mobile policies. The mobile network must provide a robust, reliable connection at any potential use-point for users armed with a device. Furthermore, including security and intelligence in connection management is critical to making the network function like a utility, following the user and providing access to information anywhere, using tools like intelligent mobile access to keep the user connected and ensure it’s done in the most efficient method possible.” (Forrester TechRadar™: Enterprise Mobility Infrastructure, Q3 2008, July 2008).
Pricing for Qwest Comply and Qwest Teleworker is competitive because customers do not need to sign up for an access plan in advance and only pay for the services used. While available to businesses of all size, the pricing model makes Qwest Comply and Qwest Teleworker attractive for even the small, 1 to 100 person office.
Qwest Comply simplifies the management of industry and/or enterprise policies and security applications and is ideal for safeguarding local area network (LAN) desktops.
This feature provides valuable insurance for the desktop by monitoring and flagging applications that are out of company compliance and then fixes missing or out-of-date software, bringing it into compliance. Qwest Mobility will encrypt all hard-drive data making it unusable by thieves and locks down sensitive data to mitigate risk. It is an ideal solution for securing LAN desktops.
Qwest Teleworker simplifies access virtually anywhere while protecting company assets. Qwest Teleworker includes all the features of Qwest Comply plus the added benefit of enabling access to company networks whether the employee is at home or on the road. It also controlsconnectivity and helps manage security software on laptops for virtually anywhere, anytime productivity with optional VPN client integration.
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class Spirit of Service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest’s powerful combination of award-winning high-speed Internet,home and wireless voice solutions and digital TV includes a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.