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Managed cloud hosting provider Rackspace and cybersecurity solutions provider Alert Logic share a long history of partnering to solve complex security challenges for their customers. They have joined forces again, now helping SMB and mid-market Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers improve their security posture with an AWS Security Review program.

By assessing the configuration of their AWS environment against the AWS CIS Foundations Benchmarks, the AWS Security Review program would provide a measure of performance against thousands of existing AWS reviews. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, Rackspace security experts will provide a consultation to review the findings with customers.  Customers would then receive a customized recommendation plan to remediate gaps for on-going protection.

“Security in the cloud remains especially challenging for SMB and mid-market organizations, due to the huge skills-gap,” said Vikas Gurugunti, Executive Vice President of Rackspace Solutions and Services. “The AWS Security Review provides customers with a fantastic starting point to begin their security transformation. The combined 24×7 support of Rackspace and Alert Logic experts is a critical enabler of keeping customers’ AWS environment secure.”

Rackspace Service Blocks

Vikas Gurugunti
“Security in the cloud remains especially challenging for SMB and mid-market organizations, due to the huge skills-gap,” said Vikas Gurugunti, Executive Vice President of Rackspace Solutions and Services.

Upon completion of the security assessment, customers can partner with Rackspace experts to further enhance their AWS environments with Rackspace Service Blocks, and develop a custom deployment of appropriate security measures. According to Rackspace, this might include Alert Logic MDR solution for example, to address critical security and compliance requirements.

Rackspace Service Blocks would offer customers value from their AWS investments by providing flexible, customizable services – to deliver the right amount of support for their specific IT needs.

“Alert Logic and Rackspace share a long history of partnering to solve complex security challenges for our customers,” said Bob Lyons, CEO of Alert Logic. “By joining forces in this program, we have the scale and expertise to help thousands of AWS customers assess and improve their security posture, enabling them to accelerate their digital transformation and to reduce the risk of disruption from security threats.”

New Managing Director Rackspace EMEA

At the same time, Rackspace has appointed Martin Blackburn as its Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Mr. Blackburn is an industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience having held positions at IBM, HP, EDS, Marconi, and Logica.

Alert LogicMost recently, Martin Blackburn was Executive Chair for a number of companies within Marlin Equity Partners. Previously, Mr. Blackburn held several positions at the global technology business for IBM in Europe – as General Manager, Chief Operating Officer for Europe, as well as General Manager for Benelux and UK & Ireland. In these roles he was responsible for outsourcing, consulting, cloud and security services.

Martin Blackburn replaces Darren Norfolk, who departs Rackspace after 13 years. During his tenure, according to Rackspace, Norfolk built a customer success track record and ambitious growth plans for the region. They expect this to be accelerated under Blackburn’s goals for the business which include further expansion across new markets.