Strengthening its portfolio of Managed Security services, du, the region’s fastest-growing telecom company, has announced the availability of three new managed security services suitable for businesses in the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS). These are the QualysGuard cloud-based Vulnerability Management, Security Policy Compliance and Web Application Security Solutions.
This is in continuation of an announcement made in 2012, under which du and Qualys agreed to bring the QualysGuard platform closer to du customers, right into the heart of the du security cloud.
The platform is based on a ‘true cloud architecture’, which is characterised by “rapid elasticity”, meaning the cloud can grow as quickly as an organization needs it to. Furthermore, all in-transit data are encrypted using standard 128-bit SSLv3, while each user’s stored data are encrypted uniquely, so that only the user who created the data can access it.
The platform resides behind network-based, redundant, highly-available firewalls and intrusion monitoring solutions. Each host runs a localised firewall on top of the customized, hardened operating system, which is unique to the platform. Last but not least, the platform’s devices are located in physically secure, dedicated, locked cabinets protected by multiple-factor authentication mechanisms, including biometrics controls.
Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Commercial Officer, du, said, “Our agreement with Qualys is a great addition to our portfolio of managed security services. It will enable us to offer our managed services customers comprehensive security and compliance solutions from an industry-leading provider that is committed, through its cloud platform, to innovation and global reach. Our customers can now benefit from the performance, security and scalability of the QualysGuard Cloud Platform hosted at our datacenter in Dubai and managed by a dedicated SOC personnel on a 24/7 basis, to secure and protect their IT assets and web applications from cyber-attacks and automate compliance.” “We are honored that du has chosen the QualysGuard Cloud Platform to deliver managed security services to its customers,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO, Qualys. “du has built an impressive security team and we look forward to working with them to provide comprehensive and cost-effective IT security and compliance solutions in the UAE.”