Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - February 26, 2008 - I(TS)², the Middle East’s premier provider of integrated security solutions, security consulting services and security training & certification curriculum, today announced its partnership with Qualys, Inc to integrate and resell QualysGuard security risk and compliance management solutions. I(TS)² will integrate the QualysGuard Software as a Service (SaaS) platform with its managed services to conduct security audits and help achieve customers in the Middle East achieve compliance with local regulations and the Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
With Qualys as part of its security portfolio, I(TS)² can deliver on demand services, minimizing solution maintenance and upgrade requirements. Additionally, customers can scan critical assets, analyze threat data and correlate it in real time – enabling IT administrators to effectively manage risk and produce documentation for regulatory compliance. I(TS)² will install the QualysGuard @Partner solution in their Security Operations Center (SOC) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to meet the regulatory and contractual data privacy requirements set forth by their customers.
”I(TS)2 understands that world-class Managed Security Services can only be achieved by partnering with innovative, market-tested security companies – Qualys exemplifies the technical and business vision we sought as we expand throughout the Middle East and North African (MENA) markets. We believe this partnership will play a vital role in the success of Raqeeb – I(TS)2’s Managed Security Services offering – including our commitment to not export any security information outside of the GCC” said Samer Omar, General Manager of I(TS)². “With Internet penetration rates on the rise (currently only 7% in the Arab World) we expect these inexperienced online customers to be bombarded with security threats” added Mr. Omar who says the partnership with AwalNet – Saudi Arabia’s largest ISP and Raqeeb’s first large customer will help support secure internet growth in Saudi Arabia. “We expect our relationship with AwalNet to be a model we intend to duplicate throughout MENA” commented Mr. Omar.
“Global organizations are looking for effective solutions to manage risk and achieve compliance, while reducing their IT burdens and reducing cost,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. With Raqeeb, I(TS)² provides a first class Managed Service tailored to the needs of Middle East organization and is recognized as the number one provider of such services in the region. We are delighted that I(TS)² selected our SaaS Vulnerability and Compliance solution that tightly integrates with Raqeeb to provide customers with a more comprehensive view of their security and compliance posture.”
Raqeeb is I(TS)2’s Managed Security Services offering which provides the region with a world-class, 24x7x365 Security Operations Center. This SOC will be located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and all security information will be processed and analyzed locally. Absolutely no client information will be exported outside of the GCC. I(TS)2 will leverage Verisign’s experience in achieving market leadership status as recognized by both Gartner and IDC as well as receiving an one-way feed that updates I(TS)2 security analysts on global security trends providing them with a rapid respond ability to warn MSS clients of potential threats.
Headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, I(TS)2 is the Middle East’s premier provider of integrated security solutions, security consulting services and security training & certification curriculum and is ISO 27001:2005 certified. I(TS)² is focused on empowering all clients to combat evolving security threats. I(TS)2‘s unique approach ensures delivery of the right mix of people, processes, and technology to meet unique business needs.
I(TS)2 boasts the most prestigious regional Security Academy providing professional and international certifications. I(TS)2 is the only Platinum Consultancy Partner for BSI in Saudi Arabia and has achieved Cisco Advanced Security and Microsoft Gold Partnerships. I(TS)2 has over 90 employees in Riyadh, Eastern & Western Province as well as Jordan. For more information, visit the I(TS)² web site at: http://www.i-ts2.com/.
About QualysGuard @Partner
The QualysGuard @Partner solution is the first of its kind to offer the quality, cost and deployment benefits of the Software as a Service (SaaS) model with the scalability, power and data control of an onsite Security Operations Center (SOC). The @Partner Data Center scales to perform millions of scans per month and can be delivered, installed and deployed in just one day to any customer worldwide. The QualysGuard @Partner solution allows customers to retain complete control of their security data to ensure that organizations can meet regulatory and contractual data privacy requirements. While the SOC is located at the customer site, Qualys provides all required hardware and remote management of the SOC systems at a fraction of the cost of building and maintaining a traditional SOC.
Qualys, Inc. is the leading provider of on demand security risk and compliance management solutions. Qualys is the only security company that delivers these solutions through a single software-as-a-service platform. QualysGuard® allows organizations to strengthen security of their networks and conduct automated security audits to ensure compliance with policies and regulations. As a scalable and open platform, QualysGuard enables partners to broaden their managed security offerings and expand their consulting services. Qualys’ on-demand solutions are deployed in a matter of hours anywhere in the world, providing customers an immediate view of their security and compliance posture. QualysGuard is the widest deployed security on-demand solution in the world, performing over 150 million IP audits per year. For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.
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