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STC begins work on secure operations centre

Saudi's monopoly telecoms operator signs up Ubizen to reinforce its network defence with a secure operations centre (SOC).

Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) is reinforcing its network security through a deal with managed security service vendor, Ubizen.

In order to protect STC’s network assets, proprietary information and other confidential data, Ubizen will build a secure operations centre (SOC) to manage over 600 security devices ranging from firewalls to network intrusion probes.

Saudi’s monopoly telecoms operator plans to deploy Ubizen’s State & Event Analysis Machine (SEAM) to track and analyse security events on the network. The deal also includes the design framework, infrastructure requirements, security procedures & policies and extensive security training.

“Ubizen's existing three global [SOCs] will serve as the blueprint for the new [operations centre] and will leverage the experience and vigilance of their [managed security services] experts,” says Sami Mulla, general manager information security, STC.

“The Ubizen security Intelligence Lab will provide the ongoing security knowledge necessary to maintain STCs security posture. We have selected Ubizen because it is a major player in the MSS area and offers the technology, security expertise and product neutrality the STC demands,” he adds.

Ubizen’s SEAM technology engine offers real-time data and log analysis, event correlation and security data mining on a constant basis. All the events generated by security devices are entered in the SEAM data-store for post-mortem processing.

The contract was awarded Ubizen's local partner in the Kingdom, Mideast Data Systems MDS and Mohammed Mansour Al Rumaih Co. (MMR).

According to Stijn Bijnens, CEO of Ubizen, STCs decision to build a SOC is an indication that IT security is evolving into an increasingly critical element of large corporate infrastructure quality programs.

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