STC, Symantec deal aims to add e-mail security features



RIYADH: MD RAOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS STAFF

Published — Tuesday 28 January 2014

Last update 27 January 2014 11:15 pm

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Symantec Ltd. (Symantec) have signed an agreement for e-mail protection in Riyadh in a bid to add security features in the e-mail service.
Khalid bin Hussein Bayari, STC’s senior vice president for technology and operations, and Kevin Isaac, regional vice president at Symantec, signed the accord in Riyadh.
The agreement anticipates a boom in the e-mail security service market, or what is commonly known as e-mail protection, which enhances business efficiency and helps safeguard confidentiality.
Bayari said the security features would also include protection from virus attack, since email poses one of the greatest threats for virus infections and information security hacking.
He said it would also provide cutting-edge solutions and technology to enhance the efficiency of business and clients of various business sectors.
He described the benefit of the agreement with Symantec as a quantum leap in STC’s operation, consolidating its leadership, enhancing its effectiveness and developing its services in accordance with the latest industry standards, thus ensuring that it keeps abreast of highly accurate and effective global solutions, in line with the current levels of increased demand on ICT services management in the world market.
Under this agreement, Bayari said Symantec will provide e-mail protection for businesses across Saudi Arabia as e-mail poses one of the greatest threats for virus infections and information security hacking.
He said the partnership between STC and Symantec would provide essential protection for business emails against opportunistic and targeted threats and block the huge quantities of spam mail, which often consumes more storage space, wastes staff time, and uses up client network capacity.
“To ensure the smooth flow of this process with highly effective security and reliability, we have adopted cloud computing, which is characterized by the speed of service that allows clients to receive services on the same day as opposed to a few weeks under the traditional method of delivery,” Bayari said. This service undergoes constant development and upgradation using the cloud computing technology directly and automatically, which is virtually seamless to the service users, thus assuring a high level of continuity.
Describing the Symantec’s partnership with STC as a groundbreaking model to provide effective business solutions in Saudi Arabia, Isaac said STC is one of the region’s most important telecommunication companies, which in turn makes it an ideal partner for Symantec, especially in light of its leadership in the field of providing solutions to better protect organizations in the Kingdom .
The agreement with Symantec comes as part of STC’s plans for enhancing the security and protection following the launch of its Information Security Monitoring Center last year to improve STC applications and systems security by applying world-class security standards and policies. It improves the level of the services STC offer its customers.
STC’s Security Monitoring Center has become a hub to provide information security operation and monitoring services to the companies belonging to STC, in addition to the role it plays in achieving optimal usage at the information security control center, which operates around the clock to run what is considered to be one of the largest telecommunications network in the Middle East in terms of the multiple technologies used to provide information security services, or in terms of the multiple security protection systems.

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