SYDNEY, Australia – 11 December 2017 – Astellas Pharma Inc. selected Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Secure Cloud Interconnect solution to simply and securely connect to and manage its Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments. Secure Cloud Interconnect will enhance the centralised governance of Astellas’ IT systems, providing secure, reliable access to its various cloud-hosted global applications, whilst also giving Astellas the flexibility to quickly expand its overall cloud deployment to support future growth.
Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, has approximately 17,000 employees around the globe. The company is dedicated to improving the health of people through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. Astellas has sales, marketing, manufacturing, and R&D subsidiaries around the world and sees itself as being at the forefront of healthcare change to turn innovative science into value for patients.
This focus on innovation means that Astellas Pharma Inc. has expanded its business rapidly over recent years, moving many core business applications into the cloud to support business agility and maintain availability for its global workforce. However, as demand for cloud services within the business continued to increase, the company became worried about the potential for shadow IT, the possibility of information leakage, and the increased risk of non-compliance with data protection regulations.
It therefore decided to streamline how its business functions were using the cloud by deploying a standard solution, by which all lines of business could securely connect to AWS, which would also centralise service provider security and governance. Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect was chosen as it provides the quality and reliability of an MPLS-based Private IP network, backed by Verizon’s stringent service level agreements, along with the flexibility and cost-efficiency of the cloud.
Secure Cloud Interconnect can help customers:
“Our focus is no longer on supporting fundamental business connectivity, but rather on deploying strategic solutions that are going to support our future business growth,” said Yasunori Yakabe, Associate Director, IT Infrastructure & Communications, Information Systems, Astellas Pharma Inc. “We’ve used AWS for some time, but really wanted a cloud solution that was ‘future-ready’ and able to keep our mission-critical applications secure, while we also had the flexibility to accelerate the delivery of new IT services. Verizon’s Secure Cloud Interconnect has given us just that, while also helping to dramatically improve the overall governance of our global network.”
Secure Cloud Interconnect is also available with Virtual Network Services (VNS), a comprehensive suite of network resources that supports virtual functions built on Verizon’s Hosted Network Services platform. Both VNS and Secure Cloud Interconnect are key components of Verizon’s Software Defined Networking strategy--offering greater flexibility, visibility and control over your network.
Amazon Web Services Network Competency Award
In addition, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has now also achieved AWS Networking Competency status. This designation recognises that Verizon helps customers like Astellas adopt, develop and deploy networks on AWS. Achieving AWS Networking Competency differentiates Verizon as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member that has demonstrated specialised AWS technical proficiency and has proven customer success with specific focus on networking based on Direct Connect.
AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. The AWS Partner Competency Program was created to help customers identify Consulting and Technology APN Members with deep industry experience and expertise who can support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,100 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Its Oath subsidiary reaches about one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands.
VERIZON'S ONLINE MEDIA CENTER: News releases, stories, media contacts and other resources are available at www.verizon.com/about/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.
Amanda Conroy/Chelsea McLaughlin
Phone: +61 2 8016 2200
Email fraud is nothing new, but online criminals have become ever more-effective at spoofing their identities to trick employees into sending them money. The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACSC) recorded losses of over $20M to business email compromise (BEC) attacks last year alone, up 230 percent over the previous year – and the full amount is certain to be much larger.
Cybersecurity Insights - Attack
No matter how robust your security, or how diligent your employees, network credentials are a free pass for cybercriminals. This is mostly because employees are relied upon for their own password management. And with more than 4.8 billion sets of stolen credentials said to be available online, odds are that at least a few of your employees’ user IDs and passwords are just waiting to be used by unscrupulous outsiders. Are you ready to stop them?
Cybersecurity Insights - People
Cyber resilience will be particularly important as Australian organisations face increased pressure to quickly detect, respond to, and manage the repercussions of breaches in the wake of 2018’s Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme.