Shifra joins Thales to extend reach in the Middle East

New partnership aims to strengthen and boost regional distribution of security services

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Shifra joins Thales to extend reach in the Middle East Thales has recently committed to growing its presence in the Middle East, in light of the rising need for cybersecurity, a theme that has heavily underscored the region's shift to virtualisation, cloud services, and mobility.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  October 6, 2016

Value-added distributor, Shifra, has partnered with Thales, a cybersecurity and data security company, to boost regional distribution of security solutions.

Thales has recently committed to growing its presence in the Middle East, in light of the rising need for cybersecurity, a theme that has heavily underscored the region's shift to virtualisation, cloud services, and mobility.

Shifra will make available to the channel Thales's advanced data security solutions, and will work towards building the provider's market share in the application security space, by delivering hardware security modules (HSMs) and solutions for PKI, digital signatures and electronic IDs.

Ahmad Elkhatib, managing partner at Shifra, said: "The very digital trends that have revolutionised user access to data are unfortunately the same ones that have left businesses vulnerable to intrusions from cybercriminals. And as attacks become more sophisticated, data protection becomes more critical."

Philip Schreiber, regional sales director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia at Thales, added: "Thales is working together with its customers and partners to help drive and secure the digital transformation across a wide range of sectors. After increasing our local headcount, we were looking to extend our distribution network. To complement our efforts, we required a broad spread of resellers to increase and educate a greater potential customer base. We are confident that partnering with Shifra is the right move to scale up our regional penetration and boost deployment of our solutions."

Shifra is also the regional distributor for the Vormetric Data Security Platform, which has recently come under the Thales umbrella. Now, after adding Thales to its distribution portfolio, Shifra believes it will be able to address a wider spectrum of security issues.

Elkhatib concluded: "Businesses in the Middle East are rapidly expanding and deploying new digital infrastructure which is being actively targeted by cybercriminals. Thales wields heavy-duty experience in data protection and digital trust management, and there is immense scope for our partners to benefit from its wide range of products. We look forward to working closely with the Thales team to increase their footprint in this region."

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