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Du launches cloud security offerings

UAE telco will host Qualys solutions in Dubai data centre in Security as a Service model

Du launches cloud security offerings
Al Hassawi: [The platform will be] managed by dedicated SOC personnel on a 24-7 basis, to secure and protect IT assets and Web applications from cyber-attacks, and automate compliance.

UAE telecoms operator du yesterday announced the addition of three new managed security services to its cloud portfolio, in partnership with Qualys.

QualysGuard cloud-based Vulnerability Management, Security Policy Compliance and Web Application Security Solutions will be hosted at du's Dubai data centre as the telco seeks to deliver its Security as a Service offering, announced in December 2012.

According to du, the platform encrypts all in-transit data using standard 128-bit SSLv3, while each user's stored data are encrypted uniquely, so that only the user who created the data can access it.

"The platform resides behind network-based, redundant, highly-available firewalls and intrusion monitoring solutions," du said in an emailed statement.

"Each host runs a localised firewall on top of the customised, hardened operating system, which is unique to the platform.

Du also said the platform's devices would be located in "physically secure, dedicated, locked cabinets" protected by multiple-factor authentication mechanisms, including biometrics controls.

"Our agreement with Qualys is a great addition to our portfolio of managed security services," said Fahad Al Hassawi, chief commercial officer, du.

"It will enable us to offer our managed services customers comprehensive security and compliance solutions from an industry-leading provider that is committed, through its cloud platform to innovation and global reach.

"Our customers can now benefit from the performance, security and scalability of the QualysGuard Cloud Platform hosted at our data centre in Dubai and managed by dedicated SOC personnel on a 24-7 basis, to secure and protect their IT assets and Web applications from cyber-attacks and automate compliance."

"We are honored that du has chosen the QualysGuard Cloud Platform to deliver managed security services to its customers," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys. "Du has built an impressive security team and we look forward to working with them to provide comprehensive and cost-effective IT security and compliance solutions in the UAE."

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