Chemicals giant ICI has begun rolling out a web-filtering service from AT&T to improve the security of its global network.
The service, which includes web-filtering, virus-scanning and spyware-screening, will protects ICI’s end-users from accidentally visiting inappropriate websites and from any malware buried in legitimate sites that have become corrupted.
Paul Simmonds, global information security director at ICI, said the group was “taking a proactive approach to increase levels of network security across the organisation globally.”
AT&T has provided network services to ICI since 2003 and manages the firm’s Internet-based virtual private network that connects 324 locations around the world.
The new agreement to boost ICI’s managed security services is an extension of the firms’ existing partnership.
Once this initial phase of deployment is complete, Simmonds said ICI would look to extend the extra protection to laptop users working directly on the Internet. The company has around 10,000 laptops in use by its 26,000 employees and more than half of all the firm’s new computer purchases are laptops.