smb cybersecurityNewly launched, Comcast Business SecurityEdge aims to keep small business safe from cyber threats. The service, which was developed in partnership with Akamai, is designed to block access to compromised or malicious domains, filter Web content and provide insight into network security status.

SecurityEdge is cost effective because it is built into existing hardware and therefore requires no additional equipment or set up, according to Comcast. All connected devices are automatically included and software downloads to equipment are unnecessary. Internet domain threats are updated every 10 minutes, eliminating the need for manual downloads and software updates, the company said.

“Cybersecurity keeps business owners up at night because they face an onslaught of challenges, from various, ever-changing forms of cyberthreats that can result in the loss of sensitive information or the disruption of business operations,” Shena Tharnish, the Vice President of Cybersecurity Products for Comcast Business said in a press release. “Comcast Business SecurityEdge – a simple yet powerful solution – can help defend companies and their data from serious harm by protecting all devices connected to the network at an affordable price.”

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Cybersecurity is one of the areas that most benefits from the emergence of cloud-based as-a-service offerings. Businesses – especially small-and medium-sized – usually are unfamiliar with the deep complexities of cybersecurity. In addition, they often don’t keep up with patches and fixes that a cloud-based service does, nor do they have much interest in investing in new equipment. At the same time, even one failure can spell disaster for the company. These factors make bringing in a firm of outside experts an ideal solution for many companies.

This is the latest of several security announcements made by Comcast this year. Earlier in the month, the company said it is collaborating with Fortinet and Akamai—the partner in SecurityEdge—to develop security tools for midsize and enterprise customers.

On March 1, Comcast said that it acquired BluVector, a company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide cybersecurity to businesses and government agencies.

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