Trellix appoints industry veteran to spearhead regional growth

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Trellix, the cybersecurity company delivering the future of extended detection and response (XDR), today announced the appointment of Khaled Alateeq as Head of Sales for the Middle East region, a strategic growth market for Trellix in EMEA.

“Trellix’s long-term commitment to the Middle East is well established,” said Fabien Rech, SVP EMEA at Trellix. “Now we step up that commitment by the appointment of Khaled Alateeq to his new role. He has first-hand experience of modern threats and the risk they pose to economic growth across the region. Our unique value proposition, underpinned by Trellix XDR, together with Mr. Alateeq’s reputation in the market, will allow us to continue having significant impact on every organization’s ability to protect itself.”

The Middle East’s current threat landscape is dominated by ransomware groups and nation-state-sponsored targeted attacks. Trellix’s approach is to provide not only preventive technologies but detection and remediation solutions that address the sophistication of the modern attack campaign. Trellix has also been active in helping organizations to safely recover in case of a compromise of their business operations.

Alateeq’s focus will be on protecting the ambitious digital transformation journeys of private and public enterprises amid a burgeoning threat landscape. Key sub-markets for his team will be GCC, the Levant and Egypt, where Trellix operates both directly and through channel partners. Current customers include those involved in the delivery and maintenance of critical infrastructures, as well as government and large enterprises.

“We go anywhere where cybersecurity is a topmost concern,” Alateeq said. “We are expanding rapidly in mid-market with our XDR offering since we see so much expansion in the attack surface in this segment, exacerbated by a lack of protection against advanced attacks. This scenario is exactly what XDR is made for. Our platform-based approach provides detection of advanced attacks by leveraging artificial intelligence and by providing managed services through our partners as needed.”

Mr. Alateeq is a cybersecurity industry veteran with more than 13 years of experience across a rich array of roles. He holds a dual master’s degree in Management Information Systems and Enterprise Security Management. His many past roles in business and information technology give him a broad perspective on the intersection between business operations, IT, and cybersecurity, as well as a clear picture of digitalization, government processes, and enterprises’ business plans, and how to tackle the cyber challenges that threaten these areas.

“I have spent many years in Saudi Arabia on the front lines of the global cyber-war, watching attack surfaces expand and helping enterprises beat back their adversaries,” added Mr. Alateeq. “It has been clear to me for some time that if we are to prevail against threat actors, we must change our ways. That is why I am so excited to join Trellix. Its vision of building a Living Security model through the central pillar of XDR is a ray of hope for organizations across the region that find themselves under daily siege from ransomware gangs and state-sponsored actors. It is Trellix’s mission to empower these organizations to be more agile and prepared for the fight ahead — a fight I am now proud to join as part of the Trellix family.”

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