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Dimension Data opens security business

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Tony Walt, managing executive of Dimension Data Security.
Tony Walt, managing executive of Dimension Data Security.

Dimension Data has introduced its fifth business in the Middle east and Africa (MEA) region, Dimension Data Security.

The company is retaining its brand following the NTT integration in other regions across the globe. It currently has four businesses: Internet Solutions, Dimension Data, Britehouse and Merchants, and has introduced this business that focuses solely on security.

Tony Walt, managing executive of Dimension Data Security, says MEA’s threat landscape is growing increasingly complex and even the most hardened cyber security practitioners are struggling to keep up.

“It’s a catch-up game, and threats ranging from DDOS attacks, ransomware, advanced persistent threats, and even cyber crime-as-a-service, are seeing businesses struggling to stay ahead and protect themselves,” he says.

The new security business is built around four practices: consulting, secure infrastructure, secure hybrid cloud and secure access management. 

Walt says even though security professionals are trying to implement the best tools and solutions to address the wide range of risks that organisations face every day, the threat landscape is changing too fast, and the evolution of risk needs to be properly and immediately addressed.

According to him, the new business aims to start with redefining how its customers view risk and encouraging them to respond to the tremendous increase in attack volumes, as well as the growing complexity of threats, through the application of security measures that will prove effective in today’s threat landscape.

Dimension Data Security aims to work closely with its customer to help them define their appetite for risk and what it will take to keep that risk at an acceptable level. Once the holes in customers’ security nets have been identified, the company will implement the appropriate tools and services needed to close those holes.

The new entity will also help clients prepare for the worst, Walt adds.

“The common maxim today is that it’s no longer a case of ‘if’ but of ‘when’. Being attacked has become an inevitability, so being prepared for the worst is crucial. 

“Our services will help strengthen our clients’ risk levels by continually pinpointing, prioritising and mitigating any gaps in security, as well as areas where additional skills and training may be needed.”

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