Logicalis Recognised by Iconium as UK’s First Governance, Risk and Compliance Policy Enforcement Partner

Slough - 23 January 2007

Logicalis accredited to supply Iconium’s Policy Manager Enforcer -- a unique solution that enables Cisco networks to act as corporate policy enforcement points

Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, has announced it has been accredited as the UK’s first Iconium Policy Enforcement Partner.

Iconium’s Policy Manager Enforcer has been integrated with Cisco’s Network Admission Control (NAC) and Cisco Clean Access technology. This will enable Logicalis, a Cisco Gold partner, to supply and support the world’s first solution to automate enforcement of an individual’s acceptance of corporate policies and standards, using the Cisco network enforcement technology suite.

The accreditation will also allow Logicalis to work with both Network and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) departments, bringing their disciplines together to create a robust business-wide enforcement and reporting corporate governance environment.

Increasing governance and compliance requirements

Organisations are now subject to a wider range of compliance and governance policy regimes and other regulations. This growing list includes: FSA rules; the Data Protection and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts; the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MIFID); Health and Safety and Discrimination legislation.

“In markets such as financial services, businesses are allocating millions of pounds to fund fines for non-compliance,” said Lewis Honour, head of security solutions at Logicalis UK, “This accreditation creates the opportunity for all Cisco network customers, and those that use Cisco’s multi-vendor Clean Access technology, to further extend the capabilities of their network to ensure consistent policy enforcement with a rapid return-on-investment.”

Audit evidence and reduction in financial exposure

The impact of this is that with the combined Iconium and Cisco solution, businesses of any scale can now provide evidence to auditors and regulators that they are policing and enforcing policies in real-time. This could dramatically reduce the financial exposure of a significant number of UK businesses.

“Logicalis is taking a unique stance in the UK GRC market, working with Iconium and Cisco, and is the first UK solutions provider to provide truly business-focused compliance education, enforcement and auditing solutions,” said Nigel Kilpatrick, sales and marketing director at Iconium.

“We are proud that Logicalis has completed the accreditation, as the company was instrumental in working with ourselves and Cisco to bring this solution to market. We believe that Logicalis’ investment will change customer perception and highlight the value a truly focused GRC partner can bring.”

The solution and partnership will be demonstrated for the first time in the UK at a forthcoming seminar on Compliance Control on the 23 January, in London.

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