Symantec secures local users

Symantec is hoping to bring together its clients and partners over the course of Gitex. The security vendor will have a presence on the show floor with its local partners, ITE and Aptec, and has hired meeting rooms over hall 7, to host a number of presentations and demonstrations.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 29, 2003

Symantec is hoping to bring together its clients and partners over the course of Gitex. The security vendor will have a presence on the show floor with its local partners, ITE and Aptec, and has hired meeting rooms over hall 7, to host a number of presentations and demonstrations.

"There is a lot of traffic wondering through the halls of Gitex, so it is a great opportunity to meet people and network," says Kevin Isaac, regional manager, Symantec Middle East. "Gitex is a boiling pot for the region's IT industry. We're looking to meet with our clients, discuss the security issues they are facing and answer some of those requirements," he adds.

During the five-day trade show, Symantec will be touting its enterprise security message. Although the vendor is better known for its desktop antivirus software, it has been trying to reinvent itself as an enterprise vendor for the last 18 months. "We're able to offer a secure enterprise and not just point solutions, such as antivirus," says Isaac.

To support its enterprise product portfolio, Symantec and its partners have been investing heavily in its channel operation. Local partners within the region are collaborating to pool skilled resources to ensure the delivery of the necessary level of support. "Our partners are spending a lot to ensure they can support the customer. For instance, in Saudi Arabia one of our partners has ten certified engineers," says Isaac.

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