Youssef Abillama, Co-founder and CEO
It has always been a challenge for organizations to defend themselves against cyber threats in an ever-evolving threat landscape. In such a scenario, the shortage of cybersecurity talent—which plays a significant role in keeping threats at bay—consistently makes that challenge even harder for businesses. Acquiring the right cyber talent is a great cause of concern for the majority of organizations in the cyberspace as defending strategies are centred on the expertise of their cybersecurity team besides the effectiveness of technologies. Interestingly, some of the major players in the cybersecurity domain are working around this talent shortage by priming cyber talent pipelines via strategic partnerships. SHELT, a major European cybersecurity enterprise, is an exemplar for that model.
SHELT, one of the frontrunners in providing managed security services across the EMEA region, has established partnerships with leading universities through its partnering companies to identify bright talents. Alongside this, SHELT has also partnered with the service providers across telecommunication network, managed services, and cybersecurity domains, to build an extensive customer base today in more than 20 countries within the EMEA region. At the core of this competency is their ability to recruit, develop, retain, and manage qualified cybersecurity professionals. SHELT has an expert network and team of engineers, data scientists, and consultants in information, networking, and cybersecurity governance and risk assessment that can wholly protect an enterprise in today’s threat landscape.
Furthermore, SHELT has an excellent on-theground network across the EMEA region, which makes it adaptive to the geography it operates in ultimately offering their clients enhanced protection against the local and global threats.
SHELT has integrated its technology stack with global threat feeds, including more than 300 globally deposited honeycombs, to enrich its understanding of the evolving threat landscape
The company offers cybersecurity-as-a-service to businesses allowing them to leverage state-of-the-art tools, technology, and expertise to secure their entire infrastructure around the clock at a fraction of the cost of in-house security resources.
While the security operations centre (SOC) has already become a buzzword in managed security services, SHELT’s proactive approach to threat intelligence makes SOC all the more relevant and beneficial. Their threat-focused approach, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI) data analytics, exhibit advanced threat intelligence. SHELT has integrated its technology stack with global threat feeds, including more than 300 globally deposited honeycombs, to enrich its understanding of the evolving threat landscape. Further, SHELT offers its cyber threat intelligence stack to proactively hunt threats and track threat-actors, not only on the surface web but also into the deep and dark webs. SHELT’s team of cybersecurity analysts and expert consultants, supported by their in-house lab security research team, invests its efforts in root-cause and kill-chain analysis to assist enterprises in maintaining a strong security posture.
SHELT’s expertise in leading cyber technologies along with the association with vendors, round the clock active monitoring, pro-active cyber manoeuvres, and agile communication make them highly responsive to the clients’ managed security needs.
“We are entirely aware of the business requirements of our clients, thanks to the years of exposure we have had in many industries, especially banking and telecom,” adds Youssef Abillama, cofounder and CEO at SHELT.
SHELT recently implemented security information and event management (SIEM) for an international bank with many branches across the globe. SHELT enhanced the client’s security infrastructure creating a whole new level of awareness by developing SOC related incident and change management policies, implementing several network enhancements and defining a monitoring and improvement framework. The bank currently has a proactive security system in place that’s guarding them against evolving cyber threats.
Interestingly, SHELT is also considered an ideal cyber security-as-aservice partner for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). As a testament to their continued success in assisting SMEs, Abillama shares another client success story. SHELT came to the rescue of a facility management service provider that has lately been subjected to several threats, ranging from ransomware to zero-day attacks. SHELT’s managed detection and response (MDR) service effectively saved the client by restricting the threats from creating further damage. Furthermore, powered by Cisco technologies, SHELT provided the client with comprehensive 360-degree protection. SHELT also generated centralized security event logs to correlate the threats and rule out false positives before responding to them. “We overcame the client’s limitations as an SME in terms of cybersecurity expertise and financial capability. SHELT provided an enhanced and strong security system that could guard them against the modern-day threats,” states Abillama.
Having assisted numerous such businesses in maintaining a strong security posture, SHELT has already become a front runner for managed services in the EMEA region and further looks forward to becoming the preferred partner for cybersecurity-as-aservice in the entire region. “Not many global companies include managed security service within their scope. We are hence very excited to be among that handful of companies that can provide managed security services while adapting to the local business landscape,” concluded Abillama.