Middle East: Boldon James, a provider of data classification and secure messaging solutions, has appointed security VAD Starlink to cover Turkey and Africa. StarLink, acclaimed as the largest value-added distributor of IT security solutions across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, will add Boldon James Classifier to their enviable portfolio of top security vendors. This latest development means StarLink's extensive partner and customer base in Turkey and Africa will now have access to Boldon James' market leading Classifier data classification product range. StarLink, who have on-the-ground presence in 11 countries (in the region, in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates), are recognised as the "Trusted Security Advisor" of choice to over 2200 enterprise and government customers, and assist their customers to identify key risks and define priorities to address IT security gaps in relation to compliance and next-generation threat protection. This is something that is required more and more in Turkey and Africa, as highlighted at the recent Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference; where close to 70% of the region’s IT experts expressed concern regarding their company's information security measures. Furthermore, Gartner recently revealed that Middle East and North Africa (MENA) spending on information security technology and services would reach €1.175B by the end of 2016; an increase of 8% over 2015.
Boldon James Classifier empowers users to assign a value to data that they create and handle, in the form of a visual and metadata classification label. Classifier can then prevent sensitive data from being distributed in error whilst enforcing security policy and best practice across the organisation. After an extensive market evaluation, StarLink selected Boldon James as its exclusive data classification vendor based on the superiority of its product, technical and customer support in comparison to other vendor offerings in the market. The new partnership with StarLink will foster growth of the Boldon James brand and Classifier product range across the region.
Nidal Othman, Managing Director at StarLink, said: "we are delighted to be partnering with Boldon James as our exclusive data classification vendor in Turkey and Africa. Their offering in terms of product, as well as, the excellence of their technical and customer support, is simply leaps and bounds above the other offerings available on the market, and one we are proud to be able to present to our network."
Martin Sugden, Managing Director of Boldon James, said: "in the growing Middle East, Turkey and Africa markets, it's vital that businesses adopt global best practice around data protection. Boldon James Classifier is a simple and cost-effective way to protect sensitive data, and works with a wide range of best-of-breed security and data management tools to protect organisations. We are delighted that Starlink selected Boldon James as their exclusive data classification vendor, who will help drive awareness across the region. This is another exciting strategic partnership for Boldon James and demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers and channel partners in the META region."