SSN Staff Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—Fortium Partners has entered into an agreement with PSA to distribute Fortium Partners’ professional services offering, called Cybersecurity Protocol. PSA security system integrators will now have ready access to the services of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

“We are excited to be working with Fortium Partners to help our integrators fill this gap in their own cybersecurity programs,” Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA, said in the announcement. “For many companies, funding a full-time CISO is simply out of reach. This partnership with Fortium Partners brings the integrator community the expertise they need to run a cyber savvy integration company quickly and puts it within reach financially. It’s a win all around.”

Fortium Partners’ Cybersecurity Protocol offers integrators access to a dedicated CISO that can be billable for as little as four hours per month, a customized cybersecurity hygiene program specific to their company with 40-60 security controls, mentoring, and first line support, according to the agreement. In addition, integrators will have access to sales tools for managing job quotes, making presentations and vetting new vendors.

Dr. Joel Rakow, a partner at Fortium Partners, explained that this partnership can help integrators turn their cybersecurity concerns into their competitive advantage.

“We are confident that we can help PSA elevate the maturity of its integrators’ cybersecurity practices when they touch the systems and data of the end user organizations who are their customers,” he said in the announcement. “We are delighted to have a partner as focused on its customer base when it comes to cybersecurity as PSA is.”

Fortium is a national consulting firm comprised of 70 partners who have held the position of CIO and/or CISO for organizations with national profiles such as Harvard University, Google, Apple, Jacobs Engineering, Western Digital, Salesforce.com, P.F. Changs, Univeristy of Chicago, and Danone Waters. Fortium’s Cybersecurity Team developed the Cybersecurity Protocol for IT systems contractors that provide such systems as access control, video surveillance, VoIP telephone, audiovisual, elevators, office machines and other IOT.

PSA is one the largest systems integrator cooperatives, made up of the most progressive security and audio-visual systems integrators in North America. Combined, PSA members boast over 400 branch locations, employ over 7,500 industry professionals and are responsible for over $4.5 billion annually in security, fire, life safety and pro audio-visual installations.

Topic:  Commercial and Systems Integrators Tags:  Fortium Partners, PSA Security Network, Bill Bozeman, Joel Rakow
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