Siloed security approach ‘no longer an option’, warns Getronics

Stand  X138 [S0208], Infosecurity Europe, London, UK – 5th June 2018 – Global ICT integrator Getronics has warned that protecting organisations against threats now requires a far more integrated approach to cybersecurity than that provided by current strategies.

“The cybersecurity market is well-served by a multitude of specialist vendors providing solutions to specific problems, no doubt all of them effective at what they aim to do,” said Paul Key, global director of security and compliance for Getronics.  “But, pretty much by definition, these solutions have to be wrapped around systems and infrastructure which is already in place, or applied to protect a particular point of potential weakness.  This inevitably leaves the possibility of gaps which may be vulnerable to exploitation, and, once ‘inside’, intruders can find themselves with a surprisingly free rein to do damage.

“We think it’s vital to advocate for a better approach, in which security is at the heart of every component of every system.  As an ICT integrator, we have enjoyed unique and privileged views of huge infrastructures, so we’ve seen the risks; it’s this insight that has enabled us to design security into absolutely every component of everything we do, providing a higher degree of protection,” he explained.

Some sectors and business do security significantly better than others, Key says.  “Our warning is for those who aren’t thinking like this yet.  And, for anyone focused on GDPR, ensuring that information security is embedded in every component of your ICT infrastructure helps to ensure compliance,” he noted.

In an uncommon move for a broad ICT integrator, Getronics is exhibiting at the specialist Infosecurity Europe [stand X138], under the banner of ‘Security at the heart of your digital transformation’.  Getronics’ security services are fully integrated into its entire portfolio of services, while its GSOC services provide a 24/7 managed security service, covering all areas of its IT portfolio.

The UK GovernmentGCHQ and the NCSC have all issued separate warnings about cybersecurity in the last eight months alone.  Their warnings are particularly directed at organisations responsible for critical infrastructure and/or those that are considered vital to the UK economy.


About Getronics

Getronics is a global ICT integrator with an extensive history that extends over 130 years and is majority owned by Bottega InvestCo S.à r.l.

With nearly 4,500 employees, 45 locations in 22 countries across Europe and Asia Pacific, and in Latin America under the Connectis Brand, Getronics brings a strong capability and expertise in Workspace, Applications, Unified Communications and Managed Cloud services to provide a pro-active, end-to-end portfolio to enable the digital user – business or consumer, in both public and private sector.

Getronics is the leading member in the Global Workspace Alliance, a unique model that provides customers with consistent IT services across 100 countries, with one single point of contact and billing entity. The GWA manages 10m workspace assets globally.