StarLink Partners with Venafi to Deliver Next-Generation Trust Protection to Secure Keys and Certificates for Middle East, Turkey and Africa Customers

Strategic Partnership to help organizations secure their business against an ever-increasing threat landscape and attacks on trust

Dubai, UAE December 24th, 2013 – StarLink, the region’s trusted security-specialized “true” Value-Added-Distributor (VAD), announced today its appointment by Venafi as its Strategic Distributor for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. StarLink will sell Venafi products and solutions through its Channel Partners across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa to its enterprise and government customers.

Threats and attacks are increasing and IT security executives face new challenges with trust exploits. While organizations adopt cloud computing and allow employee-owned devices onto the network, the challenge of securing company data increases exponentially. Cybercriminals have successfully used unsecured cryptographic keys and digital certificates to breach trust in order to steal valuable intellectual property and classified information.

"For too long organizations have blindly trusted keys and certificates and have little visibility into their threat risk exposure," said Gregory Webb, Venafi Vice President of Marketing. "Malicious actors have taken note of this blind trust, and use it nefariously against organizations who have no ability to detect anomalies or to respond to attacks on trust. The results are clear: terabytes of valuable information and IP are being pilfered from them before the compromise is even detected. We are excited to partner with StarLink to help organizations in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa respond to and remediate these trust-based attacks,” he added.

Avinash Advani, Director Business Strategy, StarLink said “The millions of dollars companies spend on perimeter-based security solutions every year are unfortunately not solving the problem of compromised keys and certificates, which provide cyber-criminals unfettered trusted access and status. With Venafi, we can now empower enterprises across the regions we cover to reduce the risk of malicious attacks on trust with complete visibility into key and certificate inventories and end-to-end automation of security and control processes.”

About Venafi

Venafi is the market leading cybersecurity company in Next-Generation Trust Protection (NGTP). As aGartner-recognized Cool Vendor, Venafi delivered the first trust protection platform to secure cryptographic keys and digital certificates that every business and government depend on for secure communications, commerce, computing, and mobility. As part of an enterprise infrastructure protection strategy, Venafi Director prevents attacks on trust with automated discovery and intelligent policy enforcement, detects and reports on anomalous activity and increased threats, and remediates errors and attacks by automatically replacing keys and certificates. Venafi Threat Center provides research and threat intelligence for trust-based attacks. Venafi customers are among the world’s most demanding, security-conscious Global 2000 organizations in financial services, insurance, high tech, telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare and retail. Venafi is backed by top-tier venture capital funds, including Foundation Capital, Pelion Venture Partners and Origin Partners.

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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.