Westcon-Comstor to participate at GISEC 2016

Westcon-Comstor attracts government agencies across UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for security support

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Westcon-Comstor to participate at GISEC 2016 Westcon-Comstor's Steve Lockie: "The distribution landscape today has changed in the context of technology trends like cloud, virtualisation, big data, mobility and software-defined everything, where vendors and the channel expect distributors to be able to support them."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 24, 2016

Westcon-Comstor Security Practice has announced its participation at Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) 2016, where it plans to showcase its security solutions portfolio.

Westcon-Comstor will also reveal security findings from its two key vendor partners, Kaspersky Lab and Firemon, to educate GISEC attendees on how to better protect themselves against cyber threats. This will include findings from Kaspersky Lab's reports, Mobile Virusology and DDOS Intelligence report for Q4 2014.

"GISEC is a great opportunity for us together with Westcon-Comstor Security Practice to communicate with businesses of the region, share our insights and show a comprehensive platform of Kaspersky Lab solutions and services," said Ovanes Mikhaylov, managing director in the Middle East at Kaspersky Lab.

"Our security reports have brought to light valuable information that will give IT decision makers in the Middle East an insight into the latest threats. Among the most dangerous threats in 2015 were ransomware, malware capable of obtaining unlimited rights on an infected device, and data stealers, including financial malware. We also saw an increase in sophistication of DDoS attacks with new attack channels used by cybercriminals to disable resources. At GISEC, we aim to help companies tackle the menace that these threats pose."

Firemon, also demonstrating at the Westcon-Comstor stand, will advise organisations to find, correct and avoid gaps in their existing network security infrastructure.

James Frost, sales director MEA at Firemon added: "A recent report from Gartner entitled ‘Network Security Policy Management Solutions Have Evolved' highlights the growing importance of network security policy management technologies from vendors like Firemon in the light of networks growing in size and complexity.

"The FireMon Proactive Security Intelligence Platform gives security decision makers key management and operations data to reduce risk and provide appropriate levels of access. FireMon Security Manager provides the framework for making intelligent, informed decisions to implement security countermeasures in real time, so organisations can protect their network and keep business operations running smoothly."

Westcon-Comstor has adapted its services as it offers four pillars: support services, professional services, education services and supply chain services. It can also prove proactive monitoring support capabilities, tailored packages, 24/7 hotline support and device monitoring.

Steve Lockie, group managing director at Westcon-Comstor Middle East said: "Services represents a key element of the company's growth strategy. The distribution landscape today has changed in the context of technology trends like cloud, virtualisation, big data, mobility and software-defined everything, where vendors and the channel expect distributors to be able to support them and their customer base by being an independent supplier of services."

He added: "We are experiencing a high demand for our 24/7 L1 and L2 technical support and education services related to security as well as Cisco technology. Our customer successes in this region include a number of government agencies across UAE, Kuwait and Saudi, big warehouse distribution companies in the region and telecom service providers who have bought security technology and have contracted Westcon for delivery of education services. Our big advantage is that we are vendor agnostic and resellers can even white label our services."

The services team in the Middle East now has nine dedicated personnel. The division can tap into a huge resource pool of over 400 engineers with a broad range of skill sets across the Group globally, operating in over 70+ countries and 6 continents.

 

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