Verizon Business and McAfee have announced a global strategic alliance to provide integrated security solutions to businesses and government agencies.

Through this agreement, Verizon Business will offer McAfee's entire line of enterprise security products and services, while McAfee taps Verizon Business' data centre outsourcing and expert consulting and managed services capabilities.

Additionally, the companies will jointly develop a suite of next-generation, cloud-based managed security services. The new security services will be managed by Verizon Business and operated in the cloud. Services will include a broad selection of security technologies, including firewalls, intrusion prevention services, anti-malware, content control and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN).

The solutions will be offered in North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Kerry Bailey, senior vice president of Verizon Business global solutions, said: “This strategic agreement with McAfee enables us to drive even more complete and integrated IT solutions to enterprises across the world.

“Our newly expanded and next-generation cloud capabilities will enable organisations to better use security as a strategic tool and business enabler.”

David Scholtz, senior vice president of worldwide strategic alliances at McAfee, said: “The complexities of today's threats and turbulent economic times call for agreements of this kind where products from multiple providers are combined to help improve our customers' investments and control their operational costs.”