Manama, Wednesday 30 November 2011: Bahrain’s Reload Consulting Services WLL (Reload Consulting), which specialises in digital information security services, today signed agreements with global Indian Information Technology (IT) companies Secure Matrix and Prism Informatics Ltd, which will pave the way for the provision of leading information security services and IT solutions in Bahrain and across the region.
Through the landmark agreement with Secure Matrix, an information security consulting firm, Reload Consulting Services WLL will act as the local provider and new business development arm for the Indian company, initially in Bahrain and subsequently across the Gulf region. Under the agreement, Reload Consulting will benefit from Secure Matrix’s global expertise as it expands its offering focused on protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, principally for private sector businesses, and provide customised information security training for public, private and education sector entities.
Furthermore, under the agreement Secure Matrix and Reload Consulting will create the Kingdom’s first Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT facility will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of Secure Matrix to create a comprehensive emergency response facility including a security coordination centre, online monitoring and logging infrastructure and, most importantly, provide appropriate action on detection of any potential threats, such as cyber-attacks.
Through the second agreement, Prism Informatics Ltd, which is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), will work with Reload Consulting to design and deliver technology solutions for the manufacturing, retail, education, pharmaceutical, banking, engineering and construction industries in Bahrain.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, Ahmed Husain, Managing Director of Reload Consulting Services WLL said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Reload Consulting; with the expertise and knowledge of both Secure Matrix and Prism Informatics Ltd, two leading multinational companies in the field of e-security and IT consulting services, we will be able to significantly expand our IT support services whilst providing world-class information security services to companies of all sizes in Bahrain and across the region.”
A recent study by EMC IT group in Europe found that almost three-quarters of firms and public sector organisations were “not very confident” they could fully restore their networks following an IT failure and over half admitted they had lost data or suffered systems downtime in the past 12 months. Ahmed Husain added, “By working with us, businesses in Bahrain can rest assured that their IT infrastructure, and most importantly their data, will be safe.”
Explaining the firms’ decision Mr Sachin Gajjar, Chief Operating Officer of Secure Matrix India Private Limited, and Mr. Saurabh Dani, Promoter Director, of Prism Informatics Ltd said: “Bahrain is renowned as a leading regional financial services hub with over 400 financial institutions, and a mature ICT industry with a favourable business environment. Furthermore Bahrain offers an excellent location as a practical base to access the growing markets of the neighbouring Gulf states, therefore it was a natural choice to decide to enter in to this venture with a Bahraini company, and Reload Consulting is the ideal partner”.
Welcoming the announcement, Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive of the EDB said: “This is a real boost for the ICT services industry in Bahrain. And the decision by Secure Matrix and Prism Informatics Ltd to invest in Bahrain demonstrates the continued confidence in Bahrain. The decision is great news for the Bahraini economy and underlines our continuing attractiveness as an investment destination.”
These partnerships were initially discussed and progressed at Gitex Technology Week 2011 Dubai, the region’s leading ICT expo, earlier this year. Reload Consulting attended as part of Tamkeen’s Tarweej scheme to showcase their hi-tech products and services. “Tarweej”, Tamkeen’s Growth Assistance scheme provides financial support to businesses in Bahrain to cover the cost of participation in leading local, regional, and international exhibitions. The event provided the opportunity to network and exchange expertise with decision makers from around the region as well as exploring possible international business partnerships.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa added, “We are delighted we were able to support Reload Consulting through the Tamkeen programme and will continue to not only support businesses within Bahrain but also those investing in Bahrain.”
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