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Tech Data steps up security commitment

Distributor aims to double headcount in security operation and open a centre of excellence in Warrington

The security world is heading to London this week for InfoSec and before the event gets underway Tech Data has unveiled plans to bolster its position in the market.

The distributor is looking to double the headcount in its security business and establish a centre of excellence in Warrington.

The firm has ploughed a substantial sum into its security operation and is going to double the team by the end of this year.

Recruitment will cover professional services, account management, business development, marketing and operations.

As those trawling the stands at InfoSec over the next few days will know only too well the security market continues to expand as it reacts to a growing number of threats.

Rob Tomlin, managing director, Tech Data Advanced Solutions UK and Ireland, said that its security operation had enjoyed growth in the past few years.

"Organically, we have doubled over the past two years and we’ve seen a significant acceleration over the last 12 months," he said.

He added that its strategy was delivering and that vendors, which include McAfee, Symantec, RSA, Cisco and IBM plus its resellers were supporting its plans.

“This further investment will see us expand our support to partners around digital security and data protection. We are taking a very different approach and getting really positive results, as are the partners that are coming with us on that journey,” he addedd.

The centre in Warrington will provide resellers with a chance to get updated on the latest issues in the market and the responses that they can take out to customers.

It will become a European base that the distributor will use to develop future managed service offerings.

Alison Nixon, business unit director, security at Tech Data Advanced Solutions, UK, said that one of the other advantages of the investment in staff and support was it would give it the chance to add to the vendor roster.

“We are constantly on the look-out for vendors who can help us and our partners grow in new areas, such as hyperconverged infrastructures, edge computing and hybrid cloud," she said.

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