CRN Exclusive: NTT Security Standardizes Managed Security Services Offerings On Qualys

As NTT unifies its security brands under NTT Security, the company has teamed up with Qualys to standardize its managed security services offerings.

The news comes as NTT Security looks to establish itself as a new, security-focused company. NTT said in June that it was bringing together its security subsidiary brands, including Solutionary, parts of Dimension Data and NTT Communications, into a single managed security services company called NTT Security. The company officially launched Aug. 1.

Under the new partnership, NTT Security will integrate the Qualys Cloud Platform with its own managed security services offerings, standardizing its security capabilities on the vendor around asset inventory, vulnerability management, policy compliance and web app security.

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NTT Security Director of Product Management Court Little said the company chose Qualys because it provided a single platform with global reach, proper API support, and a full range of security capabilities to standardize across. Qualys is also a long-standing and trusted brand, he said, which will be key in going to market to customers.

’NTT Security has built a first-class managed security services offering that reduces the burden of IT security and compliance for its customers,’ Qualys CEO Phillipe Courtot said in a statement. ’By integrating the Qualys Cloud Platform with NTT Security’s managed security offering, customers now have the full and continuous view of their security and compliance posture on a global scale.’

NTT Security previously had used multiple vendors for the same functions, including Qualys. Now, Qualys will serve as the ’base platform’ for all of NTT Security’s managed security services operations, Little said. In doing so, NTT Security will be able streamline its go-to-market and provide a smoother, more integrated offering to customers. NTT Security also can focus on delivering security solutions, rather than on building and supporting data centers, according to Little.

’Especially for us as a new company, it’s all about trying to get to market faster, trying to establish that global footprint and get services rolled out in a global way,’ Little said.

Being able to offer that full stack of global security services was a significant driver in the move to bring the companies together under the NTT Security brand, company executives said at the time of the merger. The company, which has an estimated $1 billion in revenue and 1,300 employees, said it was looking to meet the ’full life cycle’ of security needs of its customers.

Little said Qualys will ’lay the foundation’ for NTT Security as a single managed security services provider. While NTT Security previously operated in ’different silos in the security world,’ Little said the companies are now further coming together ’under one umbrella as a full-stack IT services company.’ Qualys’ track record of continuing to bring new solutions to market will prove key as NTT Security expands its relationship with the security vendor, he said.