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Exclusive Networks, Ignition Technology and Mastercard Forge Strategic Cybersecurity Partnership

Denis Ferrand-Ajchenbaum, SVP Global Business Development and Ecosystems at Exclusive Networks
Denis Ferrand-Ajchenbaum, SVP Global Business Development and Ecosystems at Exclusive Networks

Security VAD Exclusive Networks together with its SaaS focused cybersecurity division Ignition Technology have signed a strategic partnership with Mastercard to take its Cyber and Intelligence solutions to market across EMEA. Ignition Technology will drive partner engagement in DACH, France, Middle East, Nordics and the United Kingdom, while the broader EMEA market will be served through Exclusive Networks offices throughout the region (Algeria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and Turkey).

Mastercard has expanded its multi-layer approach to cybersecurity to further strengthen its customers’ security beyond payment transactions, to safeguard and protect their evolving cyber ecosystems. Building on its foundational security assessment and risk rating capabilities powered by RiskRecon, and its recent acquisition of cloud-based cybersecurity company Baffin Bay Networks, Mastercard offers integrated solutions to customers across the world, enabling them to identify vulnerabilities, manage risk and defend against the increasingly challenging nature of cyberattacks.

The strategic partnership will see Exclusive Networks and Ignition Technology provide specialist services and support, steering go-to-market strategy and channel development, driving partner recruitment and enablement, creating market opportunity and momentum, and accelerating sales momentum across EMEA.

Commenting on the partnership, Denis Ferrand-Ajchenbaum, SVP Global Business Development and Ecosystems at Exclusive Networks, said: “Mastercard is a globally trusted brand having built one of the world’s leading global payments networks powering today’s connected digital economy. Trust is at the core of Mastercard’s cybersecurity mission and at Exclusive Networks we share the same vision. Beyond our shared vision and values, we see a tremendous commercial opportunity for our ecosystem partners around Mastercard’s evolving cybersecurity portfolio. Not only is it leading in its class, it is also highly complementary with deep integrations with a number of our existing core vendors, enabling partners to drive incremental and tangential revenue opportunities. We very much look forward to a mutually rewarding partnership together.

Sean Remnant, Chief Strategy Officer at Ignition Technology, commented: “we are delighted to be partnering with Mastercard to scale out its channel presence across EMEA and can’t wait to bring the power of the Mastercard brand to our partner ecosystem. Its risk assessment and cloud-based threat protection services are valuable additions to our portfolio, enabling our partners to address the escalating cybersecurity challenges of their customers by reducing cyber risk and increasing cyber resilience. We look forward to a successful relationship.

Johan Gerber, executive Vice President, Cyber and Security Products at Mastercard, commented: “we are thrilled to embark on this transformative partnership with Exclusive Network & Ignition Technology. Their proven track record, deep market insights, and commitment to excellence perfectly align with our business and customers. Together, we will revolutionize the Cybersecurity landscape, providing customers with innovative solutions and unparalleled service.


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