Sophos sets up shop

IT security and control outfit Sophos has confirmed plans to open its inaugural Middle East office at GITEX Technology Week.

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By  Administrator Published  October 22, 2008

IT security and control outfit Sophos has confirmed plans to open its inaugural Middle East office at GITEX Technology Week.

The UK-based software developer, which is exhibiting alongside sole Middle East distribution partner SecureWay, believes the addition of a regional HQ will strengthen customer relationships and ensure improved technical support locally.

Steve Munford, CEO at Sophos, told GBS Times the company is keen to use the new office as a launch pad for signing further partnerships with enterprise resellers, particularly those boasting experience in the education and financial sectors.

"The Middle East is a valued market for Sophos - having been committed to serving this region for a number of years via a network of partners, we felt it was time to strengthen our presence by opening an office dedicated to the market," he adds.

Sophos' new office in Dubai Internet City will be headed by Kamel Heus, who has been previously been overseeing the company's Middle East strategy from the UK.

Munford claims that with some of its nearest competitors facing over-distribution issues and end-user organisations increasingly looking for easily-deployable security solutions, Sophos' expansion comes at just the right time.

"The growth of internet accessibility is opening doors to new threats, so it is no surprise to see security shooting up the priority list for businesses here," he says.

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