Cybereason and Taqnia Cyber partner to secure Saudi businesses and government agencies

Cybereason and Taqnia Cyber partner to secure Saudi businesses and government agencies

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Tarek Kuzbari, Regional Director, Middle East and Turkey, Cybereason (L) with Dr Zeyad Alkhalifa, CEO, Taqnia Cyber.

Cybereason, an operation-centric attack protection solution vendor, has announced a partnership with Taqnia Cyber, the cybersecurity arm of Saudi Arabia’s government-owned technology investment company, Taqnia, to bring best-of-breed technologies and cybersecurity capabilities to large enterprises and defence, and government organisations across the Kingdom.

As part of the partnership, Taqnia Cyber, will act as both a reseller and systems integrator for the Cybereason extended detection and response (XDR), endpoint detection and response (EDR), and endpoint protection platform (EPP) solutions. Cybereason will provide Taqnia Cyber with technical and sales training and marketing support, as well as joint lead-generation and business development support.

Saudi Arabian businesses were the targets of cyberattacks more than seven million times in the first quarter of 2021. The Kingdom was hit particularly hard by attackers targeting companies that haven’t secured remote workplaces and the Kingdom saw a tenfold increase in the number of ransomware attacks.

“We stand as the Kingdom’s trusted advisor on technology matters, counseling entities that include military and defence organisations,” said Dr. Zeyad Alkhalifa, CEO, Taqnia Cyber. “We have invested more than SAR 50 million in the nation’s start-ups, but we also talk frequently to those that defend our borders and oversee our critical infrastructure.”

Dr Alkhalifa added that: “On the issue of cybersecurity, Cybereason is an established leader in unified endpoint protection, covering XDR, EDR and EPP and the ideal partner for us across the region. We will work closely with Cybereason to help businesses and government agencies stop cyberattacks on endpoints and across the enterprise. Furthermore, given that we work with entities in the government sector, the fact that Cybereason has a cloud infrastructure in Saudi that enables in-country hosting, to meet regulatory data sovereignty requirements, makes them an ideal regional partner for us.”

Tarek Kuzbari, Regional Director, Middle East and Turkey, Cybereason, said: “Taqnia Cyber is Saudi Arabia’s established cybersecurity champion — a fueller of growth and sustainable development. Cybereason was among the first vendors in the region to deliver a viable endpoint protection platform and we look forward to helping joint customers end cyberattacks, reduce network risk and support defenders in protecting critical assets.”

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