StarLink Hosts Largest IT Security Roadshow in the Middle East

Security Intelligence and Next-Generation Threat Protection was the theme of this year’s Roadshow

Dubai, UAE – May 9th, 2013 – StarLink, the leading security-specialized Value Added Distributor in the Middle East successfully conducted its second annual IT Security Road Show between March 31st and April 24th this year in partnership with 6 of its key strategic vendors: IBM (for InfoSphere Guardium and Q1 Labs), Dell (for Quest Identity & Access Management), SafeNet, Guidance Software, Solera Networks and FireEye.

The events were hosted in 6 GCC cities: Riyadh, Dubai, Muscat, Doha, Kuwait City and Manama. The roadshow received attendance from over 750 Senior IT Security decision-makers across the GCC making it the largest multi-city event of its kind in the region. Customers who attended came to gain analytical insights into current and future end-user trends, risks and threats within the IT Security environment.

Nidal Othman, Managing Director at StarLink, said "The main focus of this year’s roadshow was to discuss, analyze and deeply understand IT Security Intelligence and Next-Generation Threat Protection in the present era, and in the same way, focus on the key solutions to secure and safeguard the most sensitive data. By the great turnout that we observed at each of the roadshow events it became apparent to us that the theme is absolutely top-of-mind for our customers across the region."

Sébastien Pavie, Regional Sales Director, MEA, Safenet, Inc., said, "What better stage to catch up with the senior members of the regional IT Security community than the Starlink road-show taking you to no less than 6 countries within less than a month. This year’s edition has given SafeNet the perfect opportunity to update this community on how to keep their sensitive data secure at all times even in the event of a breach, which has become increasingly common in the region. The fantastic attendance, complementarity of the topics presented and quality of the organization were just another reminder of how privileged we are to partner with StarLink."

Ray Kafity, Regional Director, FireEye - Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said "As always, the quality and quantity of the attendees at this year's roadshow was excellent. We had some great conversations and we are confident that many opportunities will come from this annual security gathering, which has become a 'must-do' on the events calendar."

Daniel Wright, Dell DSG Middle East, said "This is the second year we have participated in the Starlink Security Roadshow, and the second year it has exceeded our expectations. It impresses me the trusted relationships they have gained in the market place and how well they and their channel partners are perceived by senior executives from organizations. The attendance of the events is testament to their continued support to their clients, continually looking to provide a value added proposition to businesses. To that end we will be looking to grow our offerings through StarLink."

Chris Brown, Regional Sales Director EMEA, Solera Networks, said, "Our first attendance of the StarLink IT Security Roadshow and it was a resounding success. StarLink's outstanding reputation as trusted security advisors assured significant attendance of the region’s leading security professionals. The planning, organization and execution ensured that each event ran flawlessly. The customer organizations represented along with the seniority of the attendees assures that our messaging reached our intended target market, and this in turn will undoubtedly result in a significant return on our investment. StarLink have ensured that they represent a complimentary mix of vendors and they deliver a cohesive story, helping customers to achieve their strategic security objectives. I am already looking forward to next year’s show and basing our Regional marketing plans around it."

Dennis Oommen, Senior Regional General Manager, Guidance Software, said, "The rapidly increasing cyber threat landscape is leaving security teams in Middle East enterprises more frustrated, worried and challenged than ever before. In light of this, the recently completed StarLink Security road shows were like a breath of fresh air, bringing clarity and focus in the midst of all the chaos of how to face these challenges. Guidance Software, with our EnCase Cybersecurity incident response platform were privileged to partner with StarLink in bringing together a cohesive set of unique and much needed security solutions to regional clients. StarLink’s professionalism, deep technical knowledge and consulting skills were readily on display. We are certainly looking forward to next year’s road shows!"

About StarLink

StarLink, headquartered in Dubai, is the leading IT compliance driven solutions provider and was founded in 2005. StarLink is recognized as a "Trusted Security Advisor" and market leader in automating the entire IT compliance auditing process to help customers in the Middle East region reduce IT Risk, with a focus on enterprises in the Financial, Telco and Government sectors. StarLink works with organizations to achieve and sustain compliance and optimally manage risks through full policy, procedure and controls lifecycle management. StarLink's solution offerings are now installed in more than 200 data centers in the Middle East, including 100 of the top regional banks and 15 of the regional's top Telcos. The company's customers trust StarLink to secure their critical enterprise data and safeguard access to sensitive data in the most demanding datacenter environments in the region by monitoring, security and auditing privileged user access to provide 100% visibility on all activities.