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Dell World: Michael Dell touts cyber security as firm's next big boom area

11 Dec 2012
Dell founder Michael Dell

AUSTIN: Michael Dell has listed cyber security as a key growth area in his company's on-going plan to become an all-encompassing business solutions provider.

The Dell founder and chief executive told a Dell World press briefing that cyber security would be a key growth area for the company.

"How to do IT security in a holistic fashion across their entire network is an enormous issue that companies face," said Dell.

"We're right in the middle of that with our management security services, with our next-generation firewalls, with our identity and access management capabilities - we're able to bring that all together to help companies address those challenges."

Dell went on to claim that the holistic approach will allow it to offer businesses better cyber defences than most governments.

"We're able to protect our customers in an unprecedented way beyond what any individual company or organisation, or even government would be able to understand," said Dell.

"We've invested very deeply in this capability and have a world class team of security experts that can help secure any organisation that has something valuable to protect."

Dell's statement comes five years after the company began refocusing itself to become a provider of software and services as well as hardware. The move aims to enable Dell to offer companies device and data management, cloud, storage and security services.

Despite his bold claims Dell was quick to reiterate other security providers' previous warnings that the cyber threat facing companies is growing.

"The nature of the attacks are evolving so quickly and we're seen seeing around 100,000 new attack varieties every day and 32 billion security events per day."

Numerous other companies and government bodies have issued similar warnings to firms in both the public and private sector.

Earlier in December the UK government announced plans to create a new Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Cyber Reserves force to help combat the growing threat.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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