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Boldon James Appoints StarLink

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Boldon James expands presence in Africa and Turkey with StarLink appointment

Farnborough, United Kingdom and Johannesburg, SA 1st June 2017 – Boldon James, a leading provider of data classification and secure messaging solutions, today announced the appointment of a new Value-Added Distributor to cover Turkey and Africa.

StarLink, acclaimed as the largest value-added distributor of IT security solutions across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, will add Boldon James Classifier to their enviable portfolio of top security vendors.  This latest development means StarLink’s extensive partner and customer base in Turkey and Africa will now have access to Boldon James’ market leading Classifier data classification product range.

StarLink, who have on-the-ground presence in 11 countries, are recognised as the “Trusted Security Advisor” of choice to over 2 200 enterprise and government customers, and assist their customers to identify key risks and define priorities to address IT security gaps in relation to compliance and next-generation threat protection.

This is something that is required more and more in Turkey and Africa, as highlighted at the recent Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference; where close to 70% of the region’s IT experts expressed concern regarding their company’s information security measures. Furthermore, Gartner recently revealed that Middle East and North Africa (MENA) spending on information security technology and services would reach US$1.3 billion by the end of 2016; an increase of 8% over 2015.

Boldon James Classifier empowers users to assign a value to data that they create and handle, in the form of a visual and metadata classification label. Classifier can then prevent sensitive data from being distributed in error whilst enforcing security policy and best practice across the organisation. After an extensive market evaluation, StarLink selected Boldon James as its exclusive data classification vendor based on the superiority of its product, technical and customer support in comparison to other vendor offerings in the market. The new partnership with StarLink will foster growth of the Boldon James brand and Classifier product range across the region.

Nidal Othman, Managing Director at StarLink said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Boldon James as our exclusive data classification vendor in Turkey and Africa. Their offering in terms of product, as well as, the excellence of their technical and customer support, is simply leaps and bounds above the other offerings available on the market, and one we are proud to be able to present to our network”.

Martin Sugden, Managing Director of Boldon James, said: “In the growing Middle East, Turkey and Africa markets, it’s vital that businesses adopt global best practice around data protection. Boldon James Classifier is a simple and cost-effective way to protect sensitive data, and works with a wide range of best-of-breed security and data management tools to protect organisations. We are delighted that Starlink selected Boldon James as their exclusive data classification vendor, who will help drive awareness across the region.  This is another exciting strategic partnership for Boldon James and demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers and channel partners in the META region”.

About Boldon James

For over 30 years, Boldon James has been a leader in data classification and secure messaging solutions, helping organisations manage and protect sensitive information securely and in compliance with legislation and standards, in some of the most complex and demanding messaging environments in the world.

Boldon James Classifier empowers users, who create and handle data, to easily assign value to it in the form of visual and metadata labels. This is a key step in determining how the data is managed, protected and shared and fundamental to any organization’s data security and management strategy. Critically, involving users in the classification process helps to foster a strong security culture that takes ownership for protecting sensitive data. Recently the company launched their latest product – Mac Classifier – becoming the first data classification vendor to extend capabilities to cover the Microsoft Office for Mac suite, including coverage for Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Boldon James is a wholly-owned subsidiary of QinetiQ plc, with offices worldwide. www.boldonjames.com

About QinetiQ

A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its world class knowledge, research and innovation to provide high-end technical expertise and advice, to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. Visit the website at www.QinetiQ.com

About StarLink

StarLink is acclaimed as the largest and fastest growing “True” Value-added Distributor across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa regions with on-the-ground presence in 11 countries.

With its innovate Security Framework, StarLink is also recognized as a “Trusted Security Advisor” to over 2200 enterprise and government customers that use one or more of StarLink’s best-of-breed and market-leading technologies, sold through its Channel network of over 770 Partners.

The StarLink Solution Lifecycle helps Channel Partners differentiate offerings, and assists customers to identify key risks and define priorities for addressing IT Security gaps relating to compliance and next-generation threat protection.

For more information, visit http://www.starlinkme.net.

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