Alison Nixon, Tech Data

Tech Data and Proofpoint partner on cloud-based email security

Tech Data has signed a distribution agreement with Proofpoint giving access to the company’s cloud-based email security solutions and security awareness training services.

“Proofpoint’s solutions enable reseller partners and MSPs to offer the best protection for customers as they remodel their working practices and simultaneously counter the increasing threat of cyberattacks,” said Alison Nixon, business unit director – security, Tech Data, UK and Ireland.

“With hybrid working dominating the agenda, organisations need to tighten control over email and user behaviour. They need to keep a close eye on messaging and equip employees to spot the danger signs and take appropriate action. Ideally, the customer wants someone to take all that off their hands – and that’s especially true of SMBs. With the expertise and support of our security team, and Proofpoint’s solutions, MSPs can help their customers counter all potential email-borne cyber threats. It’s an exceptional combination and an excellent opportunity.”

As business shifts to the cloud, so have attackers. Today, over 85 percent of breaches* involve the human element to succeed and organisations face a complex challenge to protect employees across the vectors they need for doing their job—specifically email and the cloud.

“Today, cybercriminals increasingly target employees within organisations rather than systems or infrastructure. This requires a mind shift from IT security teams to put people at the centre of their cybersecurity strategy to combat threats effectively,” commented Warwick Lawson-Syer, Director Channels Sales for Proofpoint. “Tech Data has a thriving security business practice and tremendous penetration of the SMB-focused reseller community. As such, it is ideally placed to reach out to more MSPs and resellers and support them in getting enabled while delivering first-class protection to address the needs of businesses facing a fast-evolving threat landscape. We look forward to working with the team and bringing more partners on-board.”

The cloud-based Proofpoint Essentials service can be used as an add-on for Microsoft email, providing centralised protection, with automatic updates and pre-filtering. Proofpoint’s Continuous Training Methodology service is designed to engage and educate users on cybersecurity.

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