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Toronto Hydro Telecom makes even the smallest network a veritable fortress

    Flexible, customizable firewall solutions from Toronto Hydro Telecom
    bolster network security

    TORONTO, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Organizations suffer hundreds of malicious
attacks against their corporate networks each and every day. With the cost of
network breaches experienced by organizations expected to increase by
20 per cent(1) in the next year alone, companies cannot afford to ignore the
reality that intellectual property is under constant threat and that a
scalable solution needs to be put in place. In light of this very real
challenge facing businesses today, Toronto Hydro Telecom has announced the
arrival of its Managed Firewall service, which offers businesses a unique
customized solution, delivering true flexibility, scalability and security.
    With its ability to apply service and policies at each office location,
Toronto Hydro Telecom's Managed Firewall can accommodate any organization's
changing needs. Available as either one of four stock configurations or as a
fully customized solution, companies can create and augment security services
and policies to best suit their needs. This effectively eliminates the need
for the costly software upgrades often required to keep pace with the
ever-evolving threats that can affect a business.
    "With the increase in frequency and sophistication of network attacks,
firewall protection is an essential line of defence for all businesses no
matter the size, as no organization is exempt from these assaults," said Dave
Dobbin, president, Toronto Hydro Telecom. "Our offering - available to our
Internet customers - has been designed with the knowledge and understanding
that the majority of businesses in Canada today require a solution that fits
their unique organizational requirements."
    Unlike most small firewall appliances developed, Toronto Hydro Telecom's
Managed Firewall service makes carrier-class firewall infrastructure a
reality, effectively removing the financial burden of a traditional in-house
solution. The capital cost is absorbed by the service provider, as are the
personnel requirements for the implementation, management and ongoing
monitoring of the security infrastructure.

    (1) Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2007 keynote address

    Scalability is Key

    Businesses operate in different environments with unique challenges and
security concerns. To ensure that companies can access the solution that best
serves individual business requirements, Toronto Hydro Telecom offers Managed
Firewall services in four 'out-of-the-box' options as well as via custom
design to its Internet customers, depending on the customer's specific
    To celebrate the launch of its Managed Firewall service during IT
Security Week Canada, (http://www.itsecurityweek.ca/) Toronto Hydro Telecom is
offering those customers who sign up for a 12-month contract before
December 31, 2007 one month of free service. If you are interested in this
service please contact Toronto Hydro Telecom at 416.599.3282, option No. 4 or
    Alongside this promotion, Toronto Hydro Telecom is proud to announce its
sponsorship of IDC Canada's Managed Security Services Roundtable event taking
place at Ryerson University on Wednesday, November 22. For those interested in
attending, please contact Joanne Haywood at jhaywood@idc.com or 416.673.2284.

    About Toronto Hydro Telecom

    Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc. is a data communications provider offering
customers a suite of managed network services from connectivity, including
Private Line and Ethernet MetroLAN, to value added services like Security and
Storage. The company also offers its One Zone WiFi subscription services. With
its fibre optic network and operations throughout Toronto, Toronto Hydro
Telecom connects 490 commercial buildings within the city's downtown core and
counts many of Canada's leading businesses and institutions among its clients.
For more information about Toronto Hydro Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of
Toronto Hydro Corporation, see www.thtelecom.ca and www.onezone.ca.

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revise any of the forward-looking information included in the press release
after the date thereof, whether as a result of new information, future events
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