Westcon-Comstor Security to showcase offerings at GISEC
Steve Lockie, Group Managing Director at Westcon Middle East

Westcon-Comstor Security to showcase offerings at GISEC

Westcon-Comstor Security Practice has announced its participation at Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC) 2016 taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre 29th – 31st March. The company will showcase its recently ramped up services solutions portfolio as well as the latest innovations in the security space from two of its key vendor partners Kaspersky Lab and Firemon.

Over the past months Kaspersky Lab has published a number of security related reports including the annual Mobile Virusology report and the DDOS Intelligence Report for Q4 2015 and the company experts are ready to educate GISEC event attendees about the key findings of the studies and how regional companies can better protect themselves against today’s cyber threats.

“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. 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,” says Ovanes Mikhaylov, Managing Director in the Middle East, Kaspersky Lab.

“At GISEC, we are keen to share the above insights as well as demonstrate our comprehensive set of security solutions for the enterprise as well as SMBs including endpoint, virtualisation, mobile, data centre and industrial security, DDoS protection, fraud prevention, anti targeted attack and security intelligence services.”

Firemon’s best-in-class security solutions will also be demonstrated at the Westcon-Comstor stand at GISEC. The company helps organizations find, correct and ultimately avoid gaps in their existing network security infrastructure.

James Frost, Sales Director MEA at Firemon says, “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 ramped up its services solutions practice over the past year. This is in line with the company’s global vision of demonstrating leadership in the distribution space by providing a comprehensive portfolio of services including support services, professional services, education services and supply chain services. The services solutions portfolio will be discussed at GISEC with event attendees.

Steve Lockie, Group Managing Director at Westcon-Comstor Middle East says, “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. Today, no other distribution company can compete in terms of the breadth and depth of services that Westcon-Comstor can offer. When we couple these technical based services with our logistics, cloud and flexible finance solutions, we are well ahead of competition.”

The services offering is represented by 4 pillars: Support Services, Professional Services, Education Services and Supply Chain Services. In terms of technical support, the company has the capability to deliver proactive monitoring support capabilities across multiple vendors and multiple technologies. Tailored support packages include 24/7 hotline support, on-site support, device monitoring where a customer´s device is proactively monitored 24/7 and potential failures are communicated to avoid reaching an alarm situation and monitoring of customer’s 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.

“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,” concludes Steve Lockie.

Juniper and Dell SonicWALL will also be exhibiting from the Westcon-Comstor stand at GISEC.

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