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AT&T has introduced Secure Workforce with Check Point, a cloud-based suite of security tools optimized for the work from home (WFH) market.

The offering is aimed at providing security in an increasingly decentralized work landscape. It was created in partnership with security vendor Check Point Software.

“Working outside the office shouldn’t mean a drop in security. Workspaces are no longer defined by four walls or a single mailing address, and if security strategies aren’t adapting similarly, risks can grow exponentially,” said AT&T Cybersecurity vice president Danessa Lambdin in a press release. “AT&T Secure Workforce with Check Point not only gives businesses that flexibility, but also the access to AT&T Cybersecurity expertise and resources to guide them as their business changes.”

The suite has four elements, according to AT&T:

  • AT&T Email Security with Check Point protects user mailboxes and productivity applications, deflects sophisticated phishing attacks and blocks malicious attachments.
  • AT&T Secure Web Gateway with Check Point helps protect Internet access as browsers visit websites and use web apps. It inspects Internet traffic across all ports and protocols and controls access at the app and in-app levels. Additionally, it prevents phishing and zero-day malware through sandboxing and it prevents known browser exploits with intrusion protection.
  • Secure remote access uses zero trust principles to connect users directly to company resources, whether hosted in the data center or in the cloud.
  • Protected browsing inspects all SSL traffic in-browser for secure, fast and private Internet use and protects users from attacks and malicious or inappropriate websites.

Providing enterprise grade connectivity and security for the growing percentage of people working outside traditional offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a natural for service providers.

Indeed, this is not AT&T’s first offering in this area. In May 2020, AT&T Business introduced Home Office Connectivity, which uses wireline and wireless infrastructure in the service provider’s footprint to provision home offices with AT&T High Speed Internet for the Enterprise. It includes failover service, the Global Security Gateway and Static IP addressing.

In June 2020, Comcast Business introduced Comcast Business at Home, which it said provides reliability, flexibility, convenience, mobility and security.

Also in June 2020, Cox Business’ Work-at-Home service was introduced. The service features security from McAfee and MalBlock, business grade service-level agreements and voice identify security.

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