BUI is solving complex business security challenges as Palo Alto Networks NextWave Platinum Innovator

Johannesburg, 10 Oct 2022

BUI, an award-winning global technology consultancy and cloud solution provider, is pleased to announce it has retained its status as a Palo Alto Networks NextWave Platinum Innovator after meeting the business, capability and performance requirements of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave Partner Programme during its annual review.

Platinum Innovators are required to demonstrate extensive engineering expertise, and must have a proven track record of successfully integrating Palo Alto Networks security offerings into customer environments.

“Our teams have been working with Palo Alto Networks technology for close to a decade,” says BUI Sales Consultant Paul Killops. “We’ve enabled secure digital transformation for enterprises across the world – by safeguarding their business networks, endpoints and cloud infrastructure with Palo Alto’s range of intelligent solutions.” 

With enterprises expanding their connectivity to enable hybrid work and boosting their cloud capabilities to accelerate growth, there’s an increasing demand for advanced, always-on protection, adds BUI Sales Consultant Wayne Nel. “Business organisations are facing complex security challenges,” he explains.

“They’re navigating a continuously evolving cyber threat landscape that spans their cloud workloads, connected devices, applications, data and users. An end-to-end defence strategy is absolutely imperative – and the right security partner, even more so.”

World-class experts

The Palo Alto Networks NextWave Partner Programme includes approximately 6 500 partners who are equipped to help customers leverage Palo Alto’s integrated security platform and the latest developments in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation and orchestration. The most highly trained, tested and trusted security engineers among them are chosen for CYBERFORCE.

CYBERFORCE is Palo Alto Networks’ exclusive technical recognition programme, designed to identify the best of the best. Membership is earned by partners with the requisite certifications, technical credibility and business performance metrics. Elite CYBERFORCE Defenders – and accredited systems and security specialists – make up the BUI service team.

CYBERFORCE Defenders represent the top 10% of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner engineering community. “They’re world-class experts,” notes Nel. “Our own Defenders are powerful allies. They’re as passionate about Palo Alto Networks technology as they are about protecting each customer’s digital way of life.” Killops agrees. “We have Platinum Innovator status, and we have CYBERFORCE Defenders on the ground, but we also have a service team that’s genuinely committed to collaborating with customers, and making them safer and more secure every day.”

Industry-leading solutions

Palo Alto Networks is consistently acknowledged for the depth and breadth of its network security and cloud workload security solutions, and remains a top performer in The Forrester Wave and Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Reports.

“Customers are looking for industry-leading solutions, like Palo Alto Networks’ Next-Generation Firewall, to provide comprehensive security. They’re also looking for partners they can count on to design, deploy,and optimise these solutions effectively,” says Killops.

As a NextWave Platinum Innovator, BUI is perfectly positioned to implement Palo Alto Networks technologies from the edge to the cloud; to empower enterprises to secure their connected assets and their people against cyber threats; and to deliver strategic security guidance and support.

“We’re excited to continue our journey with Palo Alto Networks, and to help organisations improve their overall security posture with innovative, future-focused solutions,” concludes Nel.



BUI is an award-winning IT consultancy delivering security solutions and specialised cloud services to mid-market and enterprise-level customers worldwide.

Founded in 2000, BUI is a Microsoft Azure Expert MSP, a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, and a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Data & AI, Digital & App Innovation, Infrastructure, Modern Work, and Security.

BUI has offices in the United Kingdom (London, England), the United States (Irvine, California), South Africa (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg), and Kenya (Nairobi).

BUI’s recent accolades include:

  • 2022 Microsoft Security Partner of the Year
  • 2022 Microsoft Modern Work Partner of the Year
  • 2022 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Partner of the Year
  • 2021 Microsoft Security Partner of the Year
  • 2021 Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Partner of the Year

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