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New security centre comes to Riyadh

Global security vendor VeriSign, has partners with regional firm IT Security Training and Solutions, or I(TS)2, to establish a new Security Operations Center (SOC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Global security vendor VeriSign, has partnered with regional firm IT Security Training and Solutions, or I(TS)2, to establish a new Security Operations Center (SOC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The centre will be operational from early 2008.

Through the partnership and the SOC, the companies will bring VeriSign's Managed Security Services (MSS) to enterprises in the Middle East, where companies are increasingly seeking solutions that help them manage and protect against IT security threats.

I(TS)2 will operate the new SOC, which will be located in Riyadh, using the VeriSign platform to offer a wide range of security and threat management services.

Crucially, the facility will be the first commercial SOC in the region to store its clients' sensitive data locally.

MSS offerings through the new SOC will include 24x7 management and monitoring of firewalls, logs, intrusion detection and prevention systems, vulnerability management, scanning, and assessment services, phishing detection and response services among others.

The new SOC will base its primary service offerings on VeriSign's proprietary information management architecture, which analyses and prioritises alerts derived from industry benchmarks and client requirements. Global teams identify, verify and track vulnerabilities, malicious code and global threats, providing unique insight into the evolution of security risks and early discovery of software vulnerabilities.

"VeriSign is extending the global reach of its renowned SOC network via an exciting new partnership with I(TS)2. No company better understands the IT security threats that face enterprises in the region than I(TS)2," said Neil Batstone (pictured), Middle East GM of VeriSign.

The new facility in Saudi Arabia will be the ninth VeriSign SOC worldwide, and the first located in the Middle East. From its global network of SOCs, VeriSign security experts work around the clock to monitor security threats and manage devices.

"VeriSign operates a digital infrastructure that protects interactions across the world's networks," said Samer Omar, general manager, I(TS)2. "This uniquely positions VeriSign as the ideal partner for I(TS)2."

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