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Networks Unlimited partners with Thales to accelerate digital transformation in Africa


JOHANNESBURG – 26 September 2017 – African value added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has a signed a partnership agreement with Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, to assist organisations operating on the continent in their digital transformation efforts.

Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, says, “As a distributor of best-of-breed technologies, which are carefully selected to complement each other, as opposed to simply adding vendors to increase sales, Networks Unlimited offers its customer true business benefits and return on investment.”.

The Thales e-Security advanced data security portfolio has been chosen to fill a gap in the market as well as our own product offering, namely encryption of structured and unstructured data, at rest or in motion.

By signing the distribution agreement with Thales e-Security, Networks Unlimited is in a very strong position to offer its customers everything an organisation needs to protect and manage its data as well as meeting the requirements of regulatory compliance.

The Vormetric Data Security Platform from Thales makes it simpler and more cost effective to protect data at rest. The platform enables IT and security organisations to quickly safeguard data across an organisation in a uniform and repeatable way. Instead of having to use a multitude of isolated products scattered across your organisation, you can take a consistent and centralised approach with the Vormetric Data Security Platform. The Vormetric product portfolio is validated to FIPS 140-2, Level 1, 2 or 3, depending on your choice of product and requirements.

As part of its product portfolio, Networks Unlimited has the distribution rights for F5, and through the Thales / F5 partnership it delivers enhanced security for application delivery controllers, enabling effective management of high volume SSL traffic while protecting critical SSL keys. The benefits to the customer are, among others, a FPIS 140-2 Level 3 tamper-resistant solution for secure key storage and management, as well as cryptographic offload processing for increased capacity and improved performance.

“As the compliance around the South African Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act becomes more stringent – and with criminal charges being a possibility for non-compliance – Thales technology provides encryption to protect the data and helps ensure compliance with the regulation,” says Jacobsz.

Thales accelerates digital transformation by making data safe in any environment while maintaining business agility, and protecting structured and unstructured data at rest, in motion, and in use, across devices, processes, platforms, and environments.

“It has become imperative in today’s business environment that data protection is both secure and efficient. It must also be understood that cryptography protects data effectively, but only if keys are secure and well managed. In addition, the best data protection strategies minimise compliance costs and complexity. Thales delivers the scalability, flexibility and efficiency you need to address your expanding encryption and compliance requirements,” adds Jacobsz.

To find out more about the Thales e-Security solution, please contact John Hindley, Thales Product Manager at Networks Unlimited, at john.hindley@nu.co.za.

About Networks Unlimited
Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Fortinet, F5, Mellanox, ProLabs, Rackmount, RSA, Rubrik, Silver Peak and Tintri. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market. Networks Unlimited complies with the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) guidelines as a Level 4 Contributor.

Networks Unlimited, Chriselna Welsh, +27 (0) 11 202 8400, chriselna.welsh@nu.co.za
icomm, Debbie Sielemann, +27 (0) 82 414 4633, debbie@pr.co.za, www.icomm-pr.co.za




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