Thursday 19, November 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: Etisalat today announced its strategic partnership with FireEye, a company specialized in protecting enterprises from advanced attacks, offering customers the most comprehensive cyber security solution.

Enterprises in the UAE report an increase in security spending to align with ambitious investments in Internet enabled technologies such as cloud, virtualization and mobility, which have gained popularity in driving innovation and competitive differentiation. While enterprises have grown more security conscious, attackers are also leveraging technology to create complex new tactics and methods to successfully breach and steal digital information and assets.

Etisalat’s partnership with FireEye will extend an agile and comprehensive ‘Managed Security Service’, incorporating real-time threat intelligence, enterprise-grade security technology and rapid incident response capabilities. Etisalat’s enterprise customers will have access to the complete range of FireEye technologies as well as their analyst teams, forensic specialists and malware reverse engineers.

The FireEye-As-A-Service offering is an on-demand security management service that allows organizations to scale their security investments up or down, based on their unique needs at any point in time.

Commenting on the partnership, Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer at Etisalat said, “As the UAE’s leading telecommunications operator, Etisalat continues to make significant efforts to revolutionize the IT and telecoms landscape in the region by introducing innovative and an industry recognized portfolio of products and services.  Today, cyber security is a top priority for both business and IT as they continue to invest in building next generation infrastructure powered by internet enabled technologies and applications.

“We, at Etisalat, are pleased to partner with FireEye to bring to our customers a first-of-its-kind security-as–a-service offering that combines FireEye’s technology, intelligence and expertise together with Etisalat’s reach, visibility and insights. We look forward to working with FireEye to help customers achieve an agile and intelligent security model that is built to protect and power their long term business objectives.”

Enterprises can now opt to manage or offload their own security operations or co-manage operations with Etisalat and FireEye. The partnership will allow continuous monitoring, detection, quick containment of malware and other perceived threats to both enterprises and government organizations.  

An adaptive defense security model  will be deployed to help enterprises establish effective yet nimble security procedures to shorten the “alert to fix” cycle from days to minutes, ultimately mitigating the impact of a potential security breach.

Ray Kafity, Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at FireEye said, “As attacks change, defensive measures must evolve. We recognize that there is no such thing as perfect security and this is precisely why enterprises need to be prepared for any eventuality, they must be prepared to block and in a worst case scenario, respond to the attack to ensure they minimize any losses. We look forward to working with Etisalat to establish a strong cyber security network that is built on real time situational awareness, intelligence, technology and expertise. FireEye and Etisalat are proud to bring customers a first of its kind on demand security offering that will allow us to serve as an extension of our customers’ security teams so they can more quickly implement an ‘Adaptive Defense’ security model, advancing the speed and effectiveness of security programs.”

In addition to extending leading technology and security services to customers in the UAE, the partnership is also aimed at building awareness and intelligence sharing across private and public sector to create a more protected security environment.