Avnet Launches Managed Security Program for Partners

Avnet has launched a managed security service program, known as Recon, for partners in the U.S. and Canada.

The service provides partners with a way to offer their customers round-the-clock security monitoring and management. Partners can offer the service either as their own branded offering through a white-label approach, or as an Avnet-branded service.

Security is a high-growth market for IT spending and presents a key opportunity for partners to solve one of their customers’ biggest challenges. According to the Ponemon Institute, the total cost of data breach has increased 29 percent since 2013, with the average data breach costing a company approximately $4 million.

“Threat monitoring and detection is one of the most in-demand aspects of security among end users. However, offering these types of services in-house is a personnel- and resource-intensive proposition,” said Alex Ryals, vice president of security and networking solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “With Recon, we have invested on our partners’ behalf to give them a way to monitor their customers’ security environments without draining their resources. This provides partners with a critical element in being able to offer truly comprehensive security solutions.”

Recon can easily be bundled with security technology from leading security companies, such as Cisco, Checkpoint and F5, to create holistic security solutions for customers. Recon enables partners to access continuous threat detection and remediation through a unified security management system. The service features on-premise collection, correlation and analysis with cloud-based monitoring and remediation. It also includes assessment, discovery, and networking capabilities. Additionally, Recon provides host-based intrusion detection, file integrity monitoring, compliance reporting and vulnerability assessment options.

“To us, Avnet’s Recon concept represents so much more than just a security service,” said Mitch Brown, CEO of Works Computing, an IT data center solutions provider and an Avnet partner. “It’s a true value proposition that we’re looking forward to offering our customers to help them protect their valuable data assets. Avnet Recon will enhance our security portfolio, without the need to invest in the staff required to monitor our customers’ security around the clock. Instead, we can rely on Avnet’s expert team of security professionals to detect and monitor threats for our customers, which will give both of us peace of mind.”

Recon is the latest example of how Avnet empowers its channel partners to capitalize on the high-growth, next-generation technologies driven by software that are redefining the future. Partners will be able to engage Avnet’s dedicated solutions specialists to develop complete security solutions and draw upon a wide range of complementary security offerings, such as deployment and integration services, activity monitoring, DDoS protection, and penetration tests. Through its solutions specialist approach, Avnet also provides the channel with in-depth expertise in related technology market segments, including cloud, cognitive computing, data analytics, the data center, the internet of things (IOT), mobility, and enterprise networking.

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