Technology colleges put their etrust in CA

Computer Associates (CA) has celebrated its first ‘birthday’ in the region by announcing one of its largest deployments of its eTrust security range. The UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is deploying eTrust Secure Content Management for 15, 000 users across 13 campuses across the UAE.

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By  Peter Branton Published  October 1, 2005

Computer Associates (CA) has celebrated its first ‘birthday’ in the region by announcing one of its largest deployments of its eTrust security range. The UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is deploying eTrust Secure Content Management for 15, 000 users across 13 campuses across the UAE. The deal is a significant coup for CA’s team here in the regi- on, which began direct operations last year, with the deployment being by far the largest user site for eTrust in the Arab world and one of the largest worldwide. “As the regional leader in applying the highest standards of educational practices through technology, it was essential for HCT to choose an IT partner that is also at the forefront of technology and can provide HCT with global expertise when it comes to protecting its network and users,” said Dr. Tayeb Kamali, vice chancellor of HCT. “After conducting a thorough review of security solutions, we chose CA because of its global leadership in meeting the needs of large organisations like HCT in terms of effectiveness, ease-of-use, and total value,” he added. CA’s eTrust Secure Content Management software is a fully integrated, intelligently automated management suite, covering anti-virus, anti-spam, content control and web filtering solutions. An advanced content management-reporting interface in eTrust SCM gives HCT’s IT security managers a 360 degree view of internet content trends and security events across the network to simplify the management across the entire enterprise. The HCT is also using CA’s eTrust PestPatrol software, which guards against such threats as spyware, adware, and Trojans, among others. “The increasing complexity of content security requires a more comprehensive approach and CA is empowering enterprise organisations like HCT to take a truly holistic approach to the diversity of threats they face from the internet,” said Gilbert Lacroix, vice president and general manager of CA in the Arab countries and Pakistan. “We are happy that HCT chose CA’s security solutions which enable it to address multiple security management challenges while lowering its total cost of ownership,” he added. Since setting up its regional headquarters in Dubai last year, CA has expanded its workforce to 100 and has set up an IT support centre for the Arab world in Lebanon. In fact its regional strategy has been so successful that it now plans to emulate some of its Middle Eastern projects in Europe. Andrew Dutton, senior vice president and general manager for CA Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “We plan to grow the model we have developed in the Middle East and to use these models and templates for our partner relations in other countries.” “The folks here have developed projects that are very new. We now want to steal those ideas and take them into Europe,” he added. Examples of the projects CA wants to emulate in Europe include: its University Education Initiative in partnership with Abu Dhabi University; the service centre it set up in Lebanon; its relationship with Xeca — CA’s delivery arm for services and managed support in Saudi Arabia. Dutton said that CA’s fastest growing market in the region was in Dubai. However, he added that Abu Dhabi has the best social infrastructure to support technological change and that Lebanon was the best country in terms of services for users.

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