SINGAPORE, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gartner Inc. has rated Verizon "Strong Positive" in the industry analyst firm's new report, "MarketScope for Managed Security Services in Asia/Pacific, 2012"[i] To receive a Strong Positive rating, companies must be "viewed as a provider of strategic products, services or solutions," according to Gartner. In addition, customers should "continue with planned investments" while potential customers should "consider this vendor a strong choice for strategic investments". Andrew Dobbins, Verizon's Asia-Pacific vice president, said: "We believe that our managed services and security solutions continue to set the gold standard in the industry. These services are underpinned by a highly skilled professional services team that works hard to protect the integrity of our customer's IT infrastructure." Rating in the Gartner MarketScope is based on a several criteria including a service provider's overall viability, customer experience and sales execution/pricing. Gartner notes in the report that "Clients in Asia/Pacific continue to express a strong preference for providers with a security operations center (SOC) located in the region. This preference has aided the growth of local providers, but most multinational providers have invested in regional SOCs, effectively diluting geography as a competitive differentiator. In 2012, local MSSPs accounted for 27 out of the 40 SOCs (68%) owned by MSSPs doing business in the region." Verizon helps organizations protect their core asset: data. The company does this through a robust suite of security services -- including governance, risk and compliance solutions; identity and access management solutions; investigative response; data protection services; threat management services; and vulnerability management services -- delivered in the cloud or on premises. For more information, visit us at www.verizon.com/enterprise. For ongoing security insight and analysis from some of the world's most distinguished security researchers, read the Verizon Security Blog.Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.