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."
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."
United Kingdom: cabling and networking specialist Mayflex is assisting both new and potential customers with gaining product knowledge and certifications by offering a whole host of free training courses and seminars. These sessions are being delivered alongside a number of vendor partners throughout the country well into 2017. Available courses include, Dahua certified installer training, the Aruba HPE Excellence Programme, Avigilon intro to IP Surveillance sessions, introduction to Wireless LAN and Aruba HPE instant access points. Tracey Calcutt, Marketing Manager at Mayflex, commented: "we want to equip our customers with the knowledge and expertise necessary to take advantage of revenue streams, that they may not traditionally be accustomed too. By working with our own team of experts and vendor representatives we can support customers who want to move into new areas. We are working closely with our vendor partners to make sure that there is always a choice of learning opportunities available. If there is something that customers would like help with, speak to us and we can try to provide a suitable learning opportunity." Mayflex also offers access to many other paid for training courses, working in conjunction with C-Net training.
Security vendor BeyondTrust has consolidated its channel strategy and is joining Westcon Security's exclusive Accelerate program. With the agreement, BeyondTrust is expanding its distribution footprint globally (in the EMEA region, through Westcon Security offices in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom). The move underscores escalating demand for security solutions that guard against insider threats and data breaches for businesses of all sizes. End-user demand for better security visibility, control and protection have reached new heights, in part because the number of data breaches so far in 2016 has increased nearly 20% compared to last year, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. BeyondTrust joins the Westcon Security Accelerate program in order to develop a global channel program capable of recruiting and enabling new solution provider partners around the world. This expanded partnership will provide significant scale and reach into new, untapped markets for BeyondTrust. With up to 80% of security breaches involving privileged credentials, controlling and monitoring privileged access is critical in the fight against insider threats and data breaches. BeyondTrust’s partnership with Westcon Security advances the BeyondTrust commitment to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorized access. Westcon Security has the expertise to help BeyondTrust bring privileged access management to a broader market, quickly and effectively. Through the partnership, BeyondTrust's network of channel partners, systems integrators and solution providers also gain access to the support and go-to-market strategies available through Westcon Security.
"With Westcon Security working with more than 17,000 trading partners in the security industry worldwide, our partnership will provide acceleration for BeyondTrust in a scale that we may not have been able to achieve on our own", said Maurice Heiblum, COO BeyondTrust. "We are thrilled to make our best-in-class privileged access management offering through this premier global IT and security distributor, giving our channel partners, systems integrators and solution providers access to a first-class model available only through Westcon Security."
Westcon Security continually evaluates the technology landscape for innovative products and services that hold long-term opportunity for its customers' success. The value-added distributor's Accelerate program specifically targets vendors that may not have previously used or considered distribution as a route to market. Taking a programmatic approach, Westcon Security makes it easy for vendors to ramp in each country or region, providing a repeatable, efficient, cost-effective, scalable process to expand geographically. Meanwhile, vendors can leverage Westcon Security's highly specialized solutions groups and services to more accurately target the IT service providers and the markets they wish to reach. The Accelerate program also strengthens Westcon Security's overall ecosystem, enhancing its ability to offer multi-vendor solutions that solve more complex business problems.
"Our Accelerate program provides the most innovative, industry-leading products and services that channel partners, systems integrators and solution providers trust to secure organizations from security threats of all kinds", said Patty Gray, vice president of Global Partner Management at Westcon Security. "BeyondTrust's privileged access management tools enable our solution provider customers to better, more effectively deploy cybersecurity strategies that help better protect today’s enterprises from threats involving privileged credentials."
Exertis gains ISO 20071 accreditation
United Kingdom: broadliner Exertis has unveiled that its professional services division, which provides a range of managed services for its partners, has gained ISO 20071 accreditation, the international standard for information security. Ian Gilbey Exertis, technical services director, said: "IS0 27001 certification provides our partners and resellers with even greater confidence in the way they engage with our range of professional services and sends an important message that Exertis manages security risks effectively and in the correct manner. Besides being a key differentiator for our services, our customers know that we have the policies and procedures in place to protect their information from security threats."
Information security is achieved by implementing a suitable set of controls, including policies, processes, procedures, organisational structures, software and hardware. ISO 20071 requires companies to monitor, review, maintain and improve their information security management system by:
Exertis professional services provide a wide range of pre and post-sale services to support resellers' business from straightforward "break-fix" through to a 24/7/365 complete, white-label, managed service. Exertis, uniquely, delivers all services with fully qualified engineers and support staff and from its own Network Operation Centre (NOC).