eCompany secures deal with Symantec

Symantec has signed a strategic alliance with eCompany, Etisalat’s e-business unit to offer security services to the Emirati ISP's customer base.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  January 12, 2005

Symantec, the information security provider has signed a strategic alliance with eCompany, Etisalat’s e-business unit. “Security is of utmost importance to our users, and it is critical that we do what we can to protect them from the source, as well as making education and technology available for comprehensive security,” says Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, GM, eCompany. “Our mission statement is to be the leading customer-centric provider of cutting edge e-solutions, and signing this alliance with Symantec is the first step towards a fruitful partnership which will deliver real value to our customers.” The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covers a wide range of areas, including commitments to sharing knowledge across specialist areas such as online fraud (phishing) online education, early warning capabilities, cooperating to develop additional services and work together to increase the security level of eCompany’s ISP customer base. “As the UAE raises its profile within the global digital economy, leading the Gulf region in internet penetration rates, it is critical to ensure that awareness of online security is widespread amongst users, and that regional providers are taking adequate steps to secure internet access from the outset,” says Kevin Isaac, Symantec regional director, Middle East & Africa. “We are delighted to collaborate with the ISP in the Emirates to develop security services. Their knowledge and foresight in this arena will be highly beneficial for both of our companies, and therefore, for all of the internet users in the region.” Symantec adds that small and medium business sector are also increasingly at risk from web attacks – in the first half of 2004 10% of attacks against SMBs were classified as targeted, up from 3% of targeted attacks observed in the last six months of 2003. The two companies believe that by working at the grass root level by offering security services at the end-user level, security threats can be curtailed.

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