Rogers Pitches Cybersecurity Offering

Pursuing a new business services growth opportunity, Canada’s Rogers Communications this week introduced a cybersecurity offering in partnership with Trustwave.

Rogers said it cybersecurity platform, called leapfrog and slated for commercial launch in early 2016, will help Canadian businesses rapidly detect security breaches, something that can sometimes take up to two months for some businesses due to a clack of tools and resources.

Rogers said its cybersecurity offering is designed to scale, from  SMBs to large enterprises, and will offer real-time monitoring of client business network infrastructures, access to a team of security analysts, and a portfolio of diagnostic tools that scan for possible weaknesses.

"Cybersecurity is the number one concern for Canadian businesses of all sizes, and many lack the resources, time and expertise to manage the reality of cyber threats today" said Nitin Kawale, president of Rogers’s Enterprise Business Unit. "We are introducing solutions to our customers of all sizes, with local and global operations, that are backed by one of the world's cybersecurity leaders, Trustwave. These solutions are offered as a service to give our customers peace of mind knowing their networks and data are secured."

"In 2016, security spend in Canada will exceed $2 billion for the first time as organizations rally to defend themselves against cyber threats," added  David Senf, VP, infrastructure solutions group at IDC Canada. "Only a mere 6% of security spend comes from Canadian small businesses yet they employ 50% of all Canadian workers. This key segment of more than 1 million businesses has been underserved by the security market to date. IDC sees a strong shift among Canadian organizations towards managed security services, as they try to fill their increasing skills and knowledge gap."

Cybersecurity has become a key are of focus for the cable industry. A day of keynotes and sessions dedicated to cybersecurity was set aside for a symposium held prior to the 2015 SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans. There,  keynoter John N. Stewart, the senior vice president and chief security and trust officer at Cisco Systems, said  that cybersecurity threats are a big, if not the biggest, risk posed to cable’s internal and external activities. He also said cybersecurity represents a potentially lucrative opportunity for MSOs as business and residential customers seek answers on how to come to grips with their unique security-related issues.