Ingram Micro META forms security unit

Cybersecurity division to provide solutions, services and channel development

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Ingram Micro META forms security unit Marc Kassis will head Ingram Micro META's security business.
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 5, 2016

Ingram Micro META has announced the formation of a new specialist cyber security unit, to be headed up by Marc Kassis.

The security practice will handle Ingram Micro's range of security vendors, along with services, training and channel partner development and marketing.

Kassis joins Ingram Micro from service provider AtoS Middle East, where he was CEO. He has previously worked for 20 years in Alcatel-Lucent and also held roles with Dassault Systemes.

"Our target is to enhance the value proposition to the market through our business partners with dedicated range of services and more relevant blue chip vendors," said Ali Baghdadi, senior vice president and chief executive of Ingram Micro's META region. "Today, we are launching the Cyber Security business unit which will act also as a practice and a reference for our partners. We welcome Marc to Ingram Micro and look forward to the contributions he and his team will make to our business."

Kassis's role will include driving the Cyber Security strategy and its execution in close collaboration with Ingram Micro's country-level' go-to-market teams. The business unit will ensure the introduction of a complementary range of Cyber Security vendors, Security trainings, consultancy services and ultimately Security managed services. The business unit will also be responsible for channel partner development and enablement as well as rolling out strategic marketing programs.

"I am very proud to take this challenge and create this value to all vendors and partners trusting already Ingram Micro," said Kassis. "It goes beyond the simple common sense of gathering under a single business unit all Cyber Security vendors. We are going to deliver value added services and become much more relevant to our vendors and market in this domain."

Ingram Micro's security portfolio includes Symantec, Intel Security, HPE, Cisco, IBM, Kaspersky, A10, Nexthink, Nuix and PhishMe. The distributor reports that it will be adding new vendors in the remainder of this year and the start of 2017. The company has some 40 cybersecurity professionals in the region.

"Our target is to enhance the value proposition to the market through our business partners with dedicated range of services and more relevant blue chip vendors," said Ali Baghdadi, senior vice president and chief executive of Ingram Micro's META region. "Today, we are launching the Cyber Security business unit which will act also as a practice and a reference for our partners. We welcome Marc to Ingram Micro and look forward to the contributions he and his team will make to our business."

"I am very proud to take this challenge and create this value to all vendors and partners trusting already Ingram Micro," said Kassis. "It goes beyond the simple common sense of gathering under a single business unit all Cyber Security vendors. We are going to deliver value added services and become much more relevant to our vendors and market in this domain."

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