Avnet Debuts Security Assessment Consulting Service

Avnet has unveiled two new security assessment services tailored to the unique needs of the healthcare and retail industries.

Channel partners in the U.S. and Canada can use these to determine the strength of their customers’ security postures, and measure customers’ security approaches compared to the overall healthcare or retail industry. The assessment services also provide partners with the critical information needed to create an action plan to improve their healthcare and retail customers’ security, reduce risks and determine the security technology solutions most beneficial to protecting their customers.

 “It’s no surprise that avoiding breaches tops the privacy and security concerns of both healthcare organizations and retailers,” said Alex Ryals, vice president of security and networking solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “The first step to helping these customers strengthen their security is understanding their current environments. Our new security assessments give our partners a proven model to rapidly analyze their customers’ level of maturity and any gaps. This will ultimately give our partners the knowledge needed to make technology recommendations that will take their customers’ security postures to the next level.”

The breach security assessments leverage Intel’s “Security Readiness Program” and require a one-hour workshop with a security assessor to measure security safeguards in a healthcare or retail organization against the related industry security maturity model. After the assessment, a partner will be able to provide the organization with a report summarizing the findings, including the customer’s maturity level, how they compare with the rest of the industry, any gaps, and a multi-year plan to incrementally reinforce their breach security. Partners will also be able to share quarterly update reports for up to one year after the assessment with their customers, showing where they stand relative to their industry. The security assessments also offer visibility into compliance with privacy and security regulations, data protection laws, and standards, such as HIPAA, PCI/DSS and NIST.

 “We are thrilled to see these new security assessment services emerge from Avnet to help healthcare organizations measure and improve their security maturity,” said Jennifer Esposito, general manager of Global Health and Life Sciences at Intel. “Avnet is in a great position to help their reseller partners and customers evaluate and adopt new security solutions that can substantially reduce their risk.”

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