eTech Security and Accenture form alliance

The important issue of security in e-commerce has been brought to the fore again in the Middle East following a strategic alliance between two industry leaders

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By  Barnaby Chesterman Published  March 28, 2001

IT security solutions and services provider, eTech Security, and global consultants, Accenture, have announced a strategic alliance to help accelerate the adoption of security solutions throughout the Middle East region.

In the new e-age security is an aspect which requires close scrutiny and the partners hope to help companies protect their most valuable assets, such as data and IT infrastructure, against the lingering threat of hacking and viruses. A primary goal of the alliance is to offer companies the ability to secure their enterprise by building security policies and procedures to safeguard their confidential client and financial information as well as data networks, Web sites and e-commerce transactions.

“Organisations in the Middle East are constantly working to ensure business continuity for their clients, and a viable security policy can increase competitive edge, improve profitability, ensure legal compliance and protect corporate image,” said Issam Amin, managing director of eTech Security.

As part of the new partnership, eTech Security and Accenture will initially target the financial services and telecommunications industries, before increasing the scope of the alliance to include other sectors.

“The Middle East’s banking and telecoms sectors are among the most security-conscious, given their vast amount of confidential data as well as the increasing range of Internet-based services they offer customers,” said Steve Crutchley, regional director of eTech Security. “As they create initiatives from Web hosting to Internet banking, these types of companies require industry-specific, client-tailored security solutions to prevent service disruptions and maintain the integrity of their data.”

Philippe Rixhon of Accenture Middle East said that both parties would benefit from each other’s expertise and skills in the partnership, allowing them to provide the ideal security and consultancy service to customers. “For enterprises in the Middle East, security has moved from being an IT-driven issue to being a critical component of corporate strategy,” he added.

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