All three companies in Nuvias Group, the pan-EMEA high value distribution business, which is redefining international, specialist distribution in IT, announce major 2016 award wins. Unified communications (UC) specialist SIPHON (present in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) has been named the 24th fastest growing technology company in the UK, as part of Deloitte's prestigious UK Technology Fast 50 rankings. Security specialist Wick Hill, which is present in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom, has been awarded CRN's prestigious Security Distributor of the Year 2016 title, for an unprecedented third time in a row. And advanced networking specialist Zycko (present in Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom has won two channel awards from videoconferencing vendor Lifesize. Zycko has been declared EMEA Distributor of the Year 2016 and EMEA Marketing Partner 2016. Paul Eccleston, CEO of Nuvias, said: "these awards show a significant achievement for all companies in the Group in 2016 and illustrate their commitment and ability to deliver excellence to channel partners. Although two of these awards are UK-based, the industry leading solutions and services that all companies in the Group provide are available to channel partners across EMEA. In the last few months alone, for example, we have signed pan-EMEA contracts with Malwarebytes, Nokia and HID Global. The awards also justify the acquisition of all three companies into the Nuvias fold, as forward thinking organisations with a focus on innovation and technical excellence, as well as an ability to fulfil channel and vendor partner needs."
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After the success of the Firewall Care service, a speedy and easy-to-use replacement service for Barracuda firewalls hosted on its Control Center, network and security VAD Kappa Data has launched a unique and valuable service, the Configuration Audit, which is available to its customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland. New Firewalls are configured with great care and consideration, but across time the distributor has noticed that they quickly become outdated and expose the network to external threats. These threats are often caused by months of changes and updates to the settings that remain unmonitored. In an effort to facilitate the management of the firewall configuration set-up, they have developped the Kappa Data Configuration Audit. This unique security service provides users with deep intel on the security status of their firewall configuration. With a checklist of more than 80 items across 15 categories, Kappa Data's auditors take a deep dive into the firewall's security settings, assessing its level of coverage against security threats. Besides the obvious topics such as checking security policies, anti-malware and SSL, the Configuration Audit covers non-conventional checkpoints as well. The conclusions of the audit are brought to the user in an easy-to-understand digital report, ready for its customers to take measures! This service is currently available for all Barracuda Firewalls hosted on the Kappa Data managed Control Center.
United Kingdom: network and security VAD Exclusive Networks has made two senior sales appointments as it gears up for growth in 2017. Richard Carpenter, who has held a number of senior roles within distribution (including Avnet, Comstor, Ingram Micro and Wick Hill), has been appointed Sales Director, and Lee Widdowson, highly experienced in distribution sales and account management as he was working previously for Arrow ECS, has joined the Chesterfield office as Divisional Sales Manager. Richard will be reporting directly to MD Graham Jones and will direct the team in deepening its relationships with existing partners and bringing Exclusive Networks' unrivalled security solutions, services and support to new partners. Lee’s role is focused on servicing and growing the partner base, especially SMB VARs, throughout the country. Graham Jones, Managing Director, commented: "our successful strategy of working in partnership with our vendors and partners has fueled our growth to date and these appointments signal our intent to continue this as we aim to break the £200M mark in 2017. As we look to become sole distributor with more vendors, we require new people who bring new ideas and methods. With Richard and Lee's experience and the Exclusive Networks environment, we have a winning combination." Richard adds: "the quality of vendors and technologies Exclusive Networks works with and the exceptional levels of service and support delivered to partners is well known and the envy of many distributors. As the pace of change in the security market increases it's a great time to join the team and work with partners to deliver better, more comprehensive security solutions that enable customers to meet the complex and ever-changing security challenges they're faced with."
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