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AT&T, AWS Boost Cloud Security for Business Users

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and communications giant AT&T this week announced a set of solutions aimed at improving cloud security for their joint business customers.

"AWS customers using AT&T connectivity can now have highly secure, flexible connectivity options to serve their cloud, cybersecurity and mobility needs," AT&T said in its announcement of the new solutions on Monday.

The effort is an expansion of AT&T's existing partnership with AWS. Previously, the two companies have collaborated on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and secure cloud connections for customers. This week's announcement mostly covers cloud security, as well as builds on their earlier work around IoT.

First, AT&T said its FlexWare line of appliances for delivering virtualized network functions (VNFs) can now integrate with AWS.

Second, AT&T is enabling mobile users to securely connect to their AWS environments using its Private Mobile Connect service.

Third, AT&T is providing real-time threat detection to AWS customers via the AT&T Threat Manager product. Threat Manager scans traffic "coming in and out of a device, connection or application" to look for suspicious activities and potential security weaknesses.

Fourth, AT&T will work with AWS to integrate the recently launched AWS Greengrass service with its FlexWare platform. A key service within AWS' IoT platform, Greengrass is designed to bring cloud-based data management, syncing and other functionality to IoT devices.

AT&T is counting on the Greengrass-FlexWare integration to deliver new edge computing capabilities to its business customers. It did not indicate exactly when this integration will become available, saying that it is still "exploring options" with AWS to bring it to market.

"Business customers rely on AT&T for proven network connectivity, cybersecurity and IoT solutions. These new enhancements provide our customers with the performance, security and connection options they need to grow their businesses on AWS," said David Wright, AWS' general manager of Worldwide Strategic Technology Partners, in a prepared statement.

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Gladys Rama is the senior site producer for RCPmag.com and senior editor of AWSInsider.net.

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