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Dell SecureWorks targets ANZ cyber security space

Dell SecureWorks, a Dell subsidiary that provides information security services, has announced Simon Ractliffe will join the company in the newly created role of director and general manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Ractliffe will be responsible for growing Dell SecureWorks’ presence in Australia and New Zealand, as well as expanding the sales, marketing, security research and engineering teams.

He will also be developing Dell SecureWorks' channel program to extend its business opportunities in the region.

Dell SecureWorks says constantly evolving cyber threats are one of the top concerns for business today, and Ractliffe will help the company reach more Australian and New Zealand organisations.

Ractliffe says, “I look forward to driving the next phase of our growth in the ANZ region.”

Tyler Winkler, Dell SecureWorks global sales and marketing, says, “Simon is a tremendous addition to Dell SecureWorks’ executive team.

“He not only has extensive knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand business markets, but he has deep knowledge of the cyber security industry and the security challenges organisations are facing in this region.”

Ractliffe says, “I am honored to be a member of such a progressive security organisation that truly understands the gravity of risk facing organisations around the world.

“It’s one thing to join an organisation that is a leader in your area of expertise, but it’s quite another to see such a high level of focus, commitment and investment.”

Ractliffe has more than 26 years of experience in the IT infrastructure market. Prior to Dell SecureWorks, he served as the Australian general manager for IBM Internet Security Systems and CSC.

Dell SecureWorks says he was a key driver in the growth and eventual sale of the Australian MSSP, Earthwave Corporation to Dimension Data (NTT Group).

Dell SecureWorks currently has customers in more than 70 countries and processes more than 85 billion cyber events daily.

Last year the company was positioned by Gartner in the ‘Leaders’ quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Security Services (MSS), Worldwide (December 2014).