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SAFE computing tops tech industry initiatives

Posted: 22 June 2003

Cisco Systems and Tech Data launch guide to safe computing in light of recent threats

In response to the growing networks security breaches in the Middle East, Cisco Systems and Tech Data FZ-LLC today launched a networking security guide to the Middle East technology reseller channel.

The guide, according to the two companies, is an essential tool that the channel can use to understand the potential threats on computing and networked environments and the relevant preventive methods to counter any sort of attack.

Dorian Breakspear-Coyle, Cisco Business Unit Manager at Tech Data said: “We continue working very closely with Cisco to ensure that the channel is up to date on this topic and is able to extend all the support needed to its customers, ensuring the security of their operating environments. We have a long way to go in that aspect and we will continue to work with Cisco and the channel to achieve that objective.”

Along with an overview of the most recent attacks, the Cisco Security Solutions Guide explains the nature of these on networks, the flaws in networked environments that attract intruders, and a detailed description of security strategies to protect against them.

Tim Scott, business development manager at Cisco Systems says: “It is no longer enough to simply install back-up devices and anti-virus software to operate in safe environments. Security today, if not implemented within the overall technology strategy, can be a detriment to the profitability of businesses, their investments in technology especially their migration to the Internet and networked and more efficient environments.”

Earlier this year, Cisco Systems and Tech Data stepped up their efforts with the reseller channel on various security initiatives including seminars, collaterals, web-based training and security assessment tools.

The guide, distributed to the regional reseller channel free of charge, enables the channel to have quick access to latest security related information and solutions from Cisco.

“To remain competitive, the reseller channel needs to demonstrate its capabilities in addressing the most pressing needs of businesses in this region. Today, safe computing environments top the agendas for all types and sizes of companies; the channel will find in the Cisco Security Solutions Guide a road-map to safe computing strategies that meet the needs of all customers," said Breakspear-Coyle.

About Tech Data
Tech Data Corporation (Nasdaq: TECD), founded in 1974, is a leading global provider of IT roducts, logistics management and other value-added services.

Ranked 117th on the Fortune 500, the company and its subsidiaries serve more than 100,000 technology resellers in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

Tech Data's extensive service offering includes pre- and post-sale training and technical support, financing options and configuration services as well as a full range of award-winning electronic commerce solutions.

The company generated sales of $17.2 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended January 31, 2002.

Tech Data is the largest trade-only distributor of computer hardware, software and services for MENA (Middle-east and north Africa region). Tech Data’s main office is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with warehouse and logistics operations are in Dubai, Jebel Ali, Dubai Airport Free Zone & Bahrain Air port Free Zone.


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