NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dimension Data, the $4.7 billion global ICT services and solutions provider, announced today that it has achieved the Cisco® Master Security Specialization in North America for the third consecutive year. This specialization recognizes Dimension Data as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated Cisco network security solutions.
“We’re very excited to be one of only 33 companies around the world – and only 16 in the U.S. – to have obtained this prestigious level of security specialization from Cisco. Earning the Master Security Specialization for the third year in a row is yet another affirmation of our commitment to the delivery of superior expertise and services for Cisco security solutions,” said John Addeo, practice director of advanced security at Dimension Data Americas. “Additionally, it further extends the scope of our existing Cisco qualifications, including the Master Unified Communications Specialization, Telepresence Video Master ATP and Master Service Channel Partner (MSCP) Specialization, underscoring our dedication to the full range of Cisco solutions that we provide.”
Dimension Data’s security practice delivers comprehensive best-of-breed technology solutions to clients with professional and managed services to support essential and effective security technologies 24/7. To deliver the right security solutions for all pieces of the IT environment − from the network core to the perimeter, to data, applications and endpoints − the company works with clients through a series of five phases: assessment, planning, architecture, solutions and operations management. Clients can enlist Dimension Data’s help for any one or all of the five phases to mitigate their company’s risk. Dimension Data’s security consultants, architects and engineers hold multiple industry certifications, including CISSP, CISA, CRISC, CTIE and BTPSP. In addition, these experts have an average of 15 years of experience in the field.
“The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize resale channel partners who have taken the steps to be able to deliver a self-defending network consisting of integrated, collaborative and adaptive security solutions and full life-cycle services,” said Edison Peres, vice president and chief go-to-market officer for worldwide channels at Cisco. “Dimension Data’s Cisco Master Security Specialization is an outstanding achievement.”
An elite group of resale channel partners have earned the Cisco Master Security Specialization. Those recognized with this specialization are partners who have invested in the most in-depth technology skills and have demonstrated success in providing services for Cisco’s value-added security solutions.
To achieve the Master Security Specialization, partners must first attain the Cisco Advanced Security Specialization. Partners must then meet a series of stringent requirements in three categories: technology capabilities, sales expertise and Cisco Lifecycle Services. Channel partners must meet a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements, provide customer references that document prescribed design and deployment capabilities, and supply evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.
The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program's specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner's expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates a partner's technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. www.dimensiondata.com
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