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AccessData, ARM sign distribution agreement

July 3, 2014

Staff Writer

Incident resolution solutions provider AccessData has signed a distribution agreement with African Risk Mitigation (ARM), a value-added distributor of cyber security and other consumer-related IT software products in Africa.

The partnership will see ARM growing AccessData's footprint across the continent and building the company's channel partner community.

"Traditionally, we invested in a very small number of technology partners because our heritage business in the forensics space was very niche and focused almost entirely on the law enforcement vertical," says Simon Whitburn, senior VP and GM at AccessData.

"However, our operations in Africa now need to be driven by a larger channel. This is because the corporate sector in this region demands the capability to conduct their own in-house digital investigations, as well as in-house rapid detection and response to defend against hackers, malware and advanced persistent threats. They want the option to control their own information assurance and cyber security programs without having to resort to a third-party or divulge information to law enforcement, as the threat of cyber terrorism and breach attacks continues to grow," he adds.

Together, the two companies are introducing AccessData's new ResolutionOne Platform to Africa, which they tout as the world's first Continuous Automated Incident Resolution platform, delivering comprehensive, real-time insight, analysis, response and resolution of data incidents.

"Every organisation needs advanced and integrated security and forensic solutions to successfully investigate cyber crimes, internal policy violations and security incidents," says Lucas Zaichkowsky, enterprise defence architect at AccessData.

"Each case presents unique challenges as the data can often be hidden in plain sight. It is important for organisations to understand how to sift through the digital incident trail, reconstruct a timeline of events and identify the 'who, what, when and how' of a breach," Zaichkowsky adds.

Francois Els, GM at ARM, says: "Organisations across Africa should be prepared to combat cyber attacks. It is no longer, 'if', but rather 'when' the enterprise will be attacked. According to HP's Cyber Risk Report 2013, in today's world of rising e-crimes and growing demands for secure software, it is imperative to eliminate opportunities for stealing important information that is valuable for attackers. This applies to Africa as it is no different to any other region when it comes to the acceptance of emerging technologies and the vulnerabilities that they bring."

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Source: ITWeb

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