eHDF opens new Cyber Defense Centre

by Pippa Sanderson   17 May, 2017
eHDF opens new Cyber Defense Centre

From L to R: Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, and Jeff Ogden, Director, Managed Security Services & Cyber Defense Centre at eHDF.

eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the region’s managed hosting and cloud infrastructure services provider, recently launched its Cyber Defense Centre (CDC) in Dubai Internet City. The CDC comes at a crucial time when organisations in the Middle East are faced with advanced and persistent security threats.

“eHDF’s CDC deploys advanced security intelligence and automation tools to help identify threats more quickly and with greater accuracy and precision. Our CDC teams deliver threat hunting services using a combination of threat intelligence and end point technologies that allow us to detect more complex threats that may be dormant in a customer’s environment,” said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort.

The CDC’s services assist customers in the complete security lifecycle, which starts with log collection, network access control, advanced sandboxing, remediation and incident response. Incident management offers a single dashboard of a customer’s security posture, attacks and incidents. In addition, the unique OPEX-based approach allows eHDF to pass on tangible cost benefits to customers planning to enhance their security posture. Replacing the need for capital investments through eHDF’s OPEX model, customers eliminate the need for lengthy evaluation and procurement cycles and enjoy ongoing flexible monthly based payment plans.

Another key component of the CDC is to focus on customers having distributed workloads, which could be hosted either on-premises, public cloud or a locally hosted datacentre. In these situations, it is able to provide customers with end-to-end visibility of their infrastructure and protection of their information assets, regardless of their location. eHDF recently launched Real Time Threat Monitoring (RTTM) services which collect and direct customer data to the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution. The data is then analysed by experts and, based on the findings, customers are appraised of and provided with short and long-term remedial solutions.

The CDC offers the SIEM platform on a pay-as-you-go-service model, for companies who have not invested in this technology. Simultaneously, for customers who have already invested in SIEM, eHDF provides on-premises Remote Monitoring Security Services (RMSS).

“Security is a key focus area for most enterprises today. In fact, many of our customers have shown interest in Managed Security Services and this led us to launch the CDC. Our CDC is manned 24×7 by a highly qualified team of security experts. As a leading Managed Services Provider in the UAE, the launch of the CDC was a natural extension of our services and we aim to serve customers from government, media, construction and real estate, electronics and communications, banking and finance, automotive and retail sectors,” added Zeineldin.

The Middle East experienced an increasing number of ransomware attacks in 2016 and variants of these threats are already growing at a rapid rate in 2017. eHDF’s pro-active security intelligence allows it to detect and analyse new threats and build appropriate controls for its customers.

“Our existing managed services portfolio already covers DDoS, firewall management and web application protection services. With the CDC, we will be able to offer proactive monitoring services and our dedicated team of security specialists within the CDC will provide timely identification of threats and adequate remedial measures to meet customer requirements,” concluded Zeineldin.


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