Akamai, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, announced several updates to its Security and Personalization Services (SPS) Secure Business solution, which provides internet service providers (ISPs) with turnkey security solutions for small- and mid-sized business (SMB) customers. Updates include a cloud-based deployment model, customizable service offerings and enhanced threat coverage designed to help ISPs more quickly seize new revenue opportunities with differentiated security services that are easier to deploy and tailored specifically to SMB needs. The new capabilities are designed to help ISPs grow revenues in saturated markets, differentiate their offerings and reduce service costs.

Comcast Business is using Akamai’s SPS Secure Business as part of its new Comcast Business SecurityEdge™ cloud-based internet cybersecurity solution for small businesses. With SPS Secure Business, Comcast Business is able to help businesses protect their devices connected to Comcast Business Internet against certain cyber threats without the need for additional hardware other than the Comcast Business router. Comcast Business SecurityEdge also takes advantage of Akamai’s threat intelligence capabilities to automatically update internet domain threats for its customers every 10 minutes without manual downloads or software updates.

“Cybersecurity and the dynamic nature of potentially disruptive cyber threats are among the key challenges that business owners must contend with in today’s hyperconnected world,” said Shena Tharnish, Vice President, Cybersecurity Products, Comcast Business. “Using Akamai’s SPS Small Business solution, Comcast Business developed an affordable cybersecurity solution for our small business customers with Comcast Business SecurityEdge, which helps customers defend against security threats like malware and bots as they focus on running and growing their businesses.”

Advanced, Effortless DNS-Based Cybersecurity Protection for SMBs
Many SMBs are challenged to manage their cybersecurity postures, leading to the exposure that can adversely impact their business. In fact, the National Small Business Association reported in a recent study that 47% of small business owners manage cybersecurity themselves, 22% have a staff member manage it, and 6% don’t have anyone responsible for managing security at all. A separate survey conducted by the U.K. government found 42% of small businesses identified a cybersecurity breach in the previous year and 74% say cybersecurity is a high priority for senior management.

With Akamai SPS Secure Business, ISPs are equipped to offer SMBs enterprise-grade security defenses that are easy to deploy and manage. Continuously updated DNS-based threat intelligence provides dynamic defenses against a wide range of cyberattacks – from ransomware and malware to botnet and phishing campaigns. Every device on the SMB premises is covered without the need for software downloads, configuration or in-house security expertise. Optional content filters let SMBs enforce acceptable use policies to align internet use with their business needs.

“We’re thrilled to work with leading ISPs in developing a set of effective, easy-to-use cybersecurity products for a market that is among the most vulnerable to and impacted by cyberattacks,” said Dane Walther, SVP and GM, Media & Carrier, Akamai. “While headline-grabbing attacks tend to involve larger brands, it’s small businesses with limited security budgets and skills that are often hit the hardest by an incident. With the latest enhancements to our SPS Secure Business solutions, we’re making it even easier for ISPs to extend Akamai’s unmatched security capabilities and threat intelligence to their SMB customers to enhance those relationships and protect their own business in the process.”