CYBERSECURITY firm Sophos wants to grow its customer base in the country through a new partnership with a Filipino distributor.

In a statement on Thursday last week, the United Kingdom-based company said it had tapped Wordtext Systems, Inc. (WSI) to help it widen its reach in the Philippines.

“The Philippines is a growing market for Sophos and we need a business partner that can help us quickly scale this growth,” Sophos Managing Director for ASEAN and Korea Sumit Bansal said in the statement.

“With WSI’s experience in the local market, excellent technical support group, aggressive sales and marketing, and its professional and experienced management team, we believe it will play a key role in developing our broader channel ecosystem strategy,” he added.

Sophos offers several cybersecurity and public cloud products for business and home clients. Its partner, WSI, is a hardware and software product distributor that has around 2,000 dealers in its network which are located across 18 key provinces in the country.

“Sophos is the perfect security partner to supplement our existing product lineup,” WSI Special Assistant to the President Oliver Co was quoted in the Sophos statement as saying.

WSI said having Sophos products as among its offers would help its small- and medium-sized enterprise clients gain access to first-class security solutions.

“Sophos offers best-in-class endpoint solutions as well as firewall products for organizations of all sizes, and we’re excited to offer existing WSI customers the opportunity to cross-sell and strengthen their IT positioning with market-leading security offerings from Sophos,” Mr. Co said.

Sophos currently serves about 400,000 organizations globally coming from more than 150 countries. In 2018, the company said there are more targeted attacks emerging in the market this year, which would require more advanced cybersecurity solutions to ensure network and data security. — Denise A. Valdez