STC Solutions partners with Qualys to deliver cloud security in Saudi Arabia

By Arun Shankar   13 December, 2017
STC Solutions partners with Qualys to deliver cloud security in Saudi Arabia

Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director, Qualys Middle East.

Saudi Telecom Company, the largest telecommunications company in the Middle East and Qualys, a global provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, announced an agreement to deliver regionally hosted, cloud-based security and compliance platform to secure global digital transformation for enterprises throughout Saudi Arabia.

Under the partnership, STC Solutions will integrate and deliver the Qualys Private Cloud Platform and its suite of Cloud Apps from its datacentre in Riyadh to expand its managed security services offerings and allow Saudi Arabian enterprises to consolidate a full range of security and compliance solutions in a single-pane-of-glass view.

These offerings provide customers with 2-second visibility of their security and compliance posture across all global IT assets – whether on premise, in the cloud or on endpoints. The Qualys Cloud Apps that STC will offer include Vulnerability Management, Web Application Scanning, Threat Protection, Continuous Monitoring and Policy Compliance.

The arrangement enables STC to provide its customers the advantage of ensuring that all their security and compliance data stays within Saudi Arabia, which aligns with government regulations developed to safeguard residents and enterprises. With everything hosted in the cloud, there are no capital expenditures, no extra human resources needed, and no infrastructure or software for customers to buy and maintain. Customers will have the ability to conduct security and compliance scans at a Six Sigma accuracy, and analyse this data produced in a state-of-the-art backend, where provisioning additional Cloud Apps is as easy as checking a box.

“Through this partnership, we are able to strengthen our existing portfolio of robust managed services with cybersecurity that is built in, as opposed to bolted on as an afterthought,” said Fahad Aljutaily, Vice President of Cybersecurity at STC Solutions. “We can also simultaneously meet our goal of delivering superior value for customers, which is of paramount importance for our business. Given that Qualys is a market leader in this space, we remain confident that our operations are on track to proactively mitigate potential threats, achieve greater agility, cost savings and better business outcomes.”

“We are thrilled that STC has chosen to host the Qualys Cloud Platform and its Cloud Apps for security and compliance solutions from their datacentre. As STC plays a vital role in maintaining Saudi Arabia’s cyber hygiene, we will continue to work closely with their team of esteemed security professionals to simplify the complexity associated with managing multiple solutions, while increasing the automation, effectiveness and proactive nature of security,” added Hadi Jaafarawi, Managing Director, Qualys Middle East.

STC Solutions is part of Saudi Telecom Company’s ongoing commitment to transform itself into a leading regional ICT player. STC Solutions is accelerating STC’s enterprise segment growth strategy through providing a wide range of Information and Communications Technology services beyond the traditional telecom offerings.

STC Solutions operates under the umbrella of the Enterprise Business Unit of STC and provides advanced services and solutions that include IoT, M2M solutions, VSAT Services, Cloud Services, Network solution design, Business continuity solutions, Datacentre services, Cybersecurity, Managed Services and ICT Systems Integration.

The Qualys Cloud Apps that STC will offer include Vulnerability Management, Web Application Scanning, Threat Protection, Continuous Monitoring and Policy Compliance.

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