Bytes Systems Integration (Bytes SI), a division of Bytes Technology Group South Africa (Bytes) has announced that it has concluded a channel agreement with specialist security company Altech NamITech whereby Bytes SI will integrate Altech NamITech’s Managed Security offerings into its 24/7 network operations centre (NOC) based in Midrand.
The channel partner agreement signed between the two extends the Bytes SI ATS (Advanced Technology Services) division's network offerings extensively and enables the company to provide a comprehensive range of managed security and network services. The alliance will make Bytes SI one of Altech NamITech’s largest partners in the managed security space.
Patrick Hastings, divisional director at Bytes SI comments: “Bytes SI has several blue chip clients who are looking for a comprehensive managed security service to protect their company assets. Security is top of mind for the majority of CIOs around the globe as more and more of a company's intellectual property is moving into the form of digital assets. There is no doubt that security is a huge part of operational risk strategies for boards around the world.”
Says Hans Mol, divisional executive at Altech NamITech: “We have a new partner strategy, and our alliance with Bytes SI fits well within this. Bytes SI is a member of the Altron group, as is NamITech, and brings a wealth of knowledge in the networking infrastructure, managed services and management arena to the partnership. We see a lot of synergies going forward working with Bytes SI.”
Bytes SI will now be able to provide its customers with a range of security information management (SIM), service availability management (SAM), unified threat management (UTM), vulnerability assessment management services (VAMS), patch management services (PMS), and wireless managed services (WMS) offerings.
“This offers Bytes an added advantage in that we are now able to offer our clients an array of services from realtime security alerts, realtime threat analysis and security assessments,” Hastings comments. “While our managed network solutions have always included security solutions, we do believe that it is near impossible for a network systems integrator to check its own homework. It is against this backdrop that we made a strategic decision to outsource this part of our business to a security solutions company which specialises in just that, information security.”
NamITech is currently the only seven tier trust centre security facility in the country and is also the only Verisign affiliate in Africa. The managed security services from NamITech include a list of the world's best known security vendors and include but are not exclusive to Juniper Networks, Fortinet, Check Point, Cisco Systems, Netforensics, McAfee, TippingPoint, AirDefense and PatchLink.
The move supports Bytes' vision to be the number one provider of end-to-end managed, integrated network services, simultaneously providing clients with solutions that are compliant and incorporate good governance.