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    EARTHLINK Business ACQUIRES xDEFENDERS

    EarthLink Business has acquired managed IT security company xDefenders.  xDefenders helps organizations protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems, networks and information assets by focusing on vulnerability assessments & security audits, secure & archived email, and managed Internet security. 

    xDefenders adds a number of important components to EarthLink’s IT security platform:

    • More scale and expertise around IT security, including additional Network and Cloud Security products and services
    • A second, redundant Security Operations Center (SOC) to Columbia, SC, that is co-located alongside our Earthlink data center in Rochester, NY
    • Added CISSP, CISA resources and geographic diversity for our IT security compliance and audit practice, including additional team members to complete security audits and vulnerability assessments for customers

    xDefenders is a team of information security professionals focused on helping organizations protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems, networks and information assets.

    xDefenders is focused on a personalized approach to security that recognizes that technology is only part of the solution. People, policies and practices are important elements that help mitigate risk and must be addressed in the solution.  We focus on (3) main areas:

    *  Vulnerability Assessments & Security Audits
    *  Secure & Archived eMail
    *  Managed Internet Security
    & Cloud Security

    The team has decades of Enterprise Computing and Security experience and can offer proven advice and guidance to organizations of any size. Often, we leverage the cost- advantages of Linux and Open-Source to deliver solid, security value. We follow the ISO model and work with clients to satisfy their compliance requirements.
    1. Security Policy Creation and Employee Awareness Programs
    2. Security Audits, Gap Analysis, Risk Assessments
    3. Variety of Vulnerability Assessments
    4. Internet Content Filters and Application Firewalls
    5. Intrusion Detection & Prevention, Escalation Planning
    6. Managed Security and Network Services, 24x7
    7. Hosted Security Services, 24x7

    Credentials and Expertise:

    • Information security legislation; GLB, NCUA, HIPAA, PCI, Homeland Security Act, NYS Security Policy, CIPA and SOX.
    • CISSP - Certified Information Security System Professional
    • CIPA - Certified Information Security Auditor
    • ISO 17799/27001 and PCI Security Standards
    • CERT - Computer Emergency Response Center
    • CIS - Center for Internet Security Benchmarks
    • 2007 and 2008 ZixCorp "partner-of-the-year"
    • Modern and up-to-date security tool-kits and techniques
    • Vendor Certifications; Cisco, ZixCorp, Symantec, SonicWall, Microsoft, others

    Financial Stability and Success

    Earthlink Business acquires xDefenders on September 16, 2011.

    The Company was founded in 2003. xDefenders was launched to focus on the growing need for focused Information Security Services. xDefenders has security clients in almost every state.  The Company was acquired by Synergy Global Solutions in April of 2007.  The Company provides Professional Security Services and Managed Security Services, featuring its own DefenderWall Family of Security Appliances, Cisco, Zimbra, ZixCorp and other highly regarded security vendors.

    Security/ Network Operations Centers

    Located in Rochester, NY and Columbia, SC are state-of-the-art network and security management and monitoring facilities that are staffed 24x7x365. The professional staff uses modern technology to identify alerts and escalate according to client policy. A Client Portal is available to view reports and set configurations. Each facility is a secure Data-Center with redundant power, services and trained staffed.