xStorm from Softcat to fight cyber crime

Marlow, UK, 12 April 2012 – IT provider Softcat is launching a new Cloud service – xStorm, a vulnerability scanning service that will help its clients to keep their public infrastructure secure against the threat of hackers and cyber criminals.

The service uses a system that automatically scans a client organisation’s public-facing infrastructure once a month, gathering information about device operating systems, patch levels, anti-virus software and other data that cyber criminals can use to execute successful attacks. It then emails a report to the client, identifying vulnerabilities and providing advice on corrective action. The managed services team at Softcat is on hand to alert clients to critical risks, and offers phone support to address any problems that arise.

Each comprehensive and concise report includes details on the severity of each threat, the potential consequences of exposure, regulatory compliance, and validated patches and fixes.

“A number of our clients are already using the service, and so far the feedback is excellent,” said Simon Walker, managed services director at Softcat. “Customers really want to run these critical scans but just don’t have the time to do it. Our service ensures our customer don’t have to buy and maintain the appliances themselves. The Secure 24 x 7 NOC team takes care of proactively reviewing the results and highlighting critical issues for them. Cloud Softcat’s xStorm service enables our customers to be confident that their external facing infrastructure is patched against the latest vulnerabilities.”

Robert Pooley, IT security business manager at Softcat, added, “Compliance with the ISO 27001 and PCI DSS security standards is important, of course, but plain common sense is the best reason for businesses to  perform vulnerability scans. If you keep your public-facing infrastructure secure, it helps to prevent hackers from stealing your data, your money or your patents. That’s why we are launching this service for our customers.”

Cloud Softcat xStorm is available now.

For more information please contact:
Robert Hayward
Resonates SLM Ltd
Tel: +44 (0) 1635 898 362
softcat@resonates.com
www.resonates.com

About Softcat
Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 400 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £200 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.

The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 2,500 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.

As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.

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About SoftcatSoftcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 500 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £300 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations. The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 5,000 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations. As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.

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A number of our clients are already using the service, and so far the feedback is excellent, Customers really want to run these critical scans but just don’t have the time to do it. Our service ensures our customer don’t have to buy and maintain the appliances themselves. The Secure 24 x 7 NOC team takes care of proactively reviewing the results and highlighting critical issues for them. Cloud Softcat’s xStorm service enables our customers to be confident that their external facing infrastructure is patched against the latest vulnerabilities.
Simon Walker, managed services director at Softcat
Compliance with the ISO 27001 and PCI DSS security standards is important, of course, but plain common sense is the best reason for businesses to perform vulnerability scans. If you keep your public-facing infrastructure secure, it helps to prevent hackers from stealing your data, your money or your patents. That’s why we are launching this service for our customers.
Robert Pooley, IT security business manager at Softcat