Cloud-based managed security service provider (MSSP) SilverSky today announced a new partnership with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corp. (CTC), a Tokyo-based IT solutions provider.

CTC will leverage SilverSky's technology to deliver managed security services to its customers as part of the agreement.

SilverSky said the partnership also will enable both companies to capitalize on the rapidly growing managed security services market in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

"The partnership with CTC will enable SilverSky to expand our global footprint rapidly," Richard Dobrow, SilverSky's president for the Asia Pacific region, said in a prepared statement.

CTC plans to launch its managed security business (CTC-MSS) and open its first security operations center (SOC) in October. The company will rely on SilverSky to serve "highly regulated, security-conscious companies," including businesses in the financial services, manufacturing and public sectors.

"Leveraging SilverSky's deep security expertise will enable CTC to rapidly build a strong, competitive position in the managed security market and strengthen our position as a global, end-to-end IT solutions provider," CTC Chief Technology Officer Tadataka Okubo said.

What does the partnership mean for both companies?

CTC generated more than $3 billion in total revenue in 2013 and plans to bring on 100 or more MSS customers in 2015.

SilverSky said it will enable CTC "to manage customer security infrastructure and monitor customer networks 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."

The partnership also represents another step in SilverSky's expansion into the Asia Pacific region.

"[SilverSky] has made expanding its footprint in the Asia Pacific region a top priority," SilverSky Vice President of Product Marketing Mike Flouton told Talkin' Cloud. "The ability to work with a partner as well respected and as large as CTC will be a major accelerator for us as we build momentum in that region."

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