Kordia has achieved the sought-after
competency by demonstrating deep expertise in designing,
implementing, and managing customer security programs.
Aaron Olphert, Kordia’s Chief Digital Officer, points
out that Microsoft cloud solutions are universally used by
local and international businesses, making security
competency vital for Kordia customers.
are a constant and evolving reality which every organisation
must mitigate. The best weapons we have against cyber
security include appropriate technology and processes,
backed by the knowledge and experience of qualified
“Becoming a certified Microsoft Gold Security
Competency holder highlights the combined specialist
expertise of our consultants across Kordia Group – which
comprises Aura Information Security, EMRGE, Base2, and newly
acquired SecOps NZ – and our commitment to keeping Kiwi
businesses safe online. It also recognises the level of
protection we provide for our customers and highlights our
commitment to accelerating the move of Kiwi businesses
online in a secure and customer centric way.”
introduced the Security Competency in 2019, recognising that
while security risks are higher than ever, the skills needed
to mitigate them are in short supply.
criteria, Gold Security Competency requires a certification
from multiple staff members on Microsoft 365 Security
Administration and Microsoft Azure Security Technologies. A
further requirement is practical demonstration of these
skills on customer sites to specified levels of monthly
consumption, targets which Kordia has comfortably
“In today’s environment, with more people
working from home or flexible work spaces, and more of us
using digital platforms to shop, communicate and do business
than ever, having the right security tools and processes has
never been more important. That’s especially the case when
you consider the rise in cyber threats we’ve seen as
criminals have taken advantage of the massive digital shift
that’s occurred as a result of COVID-19.
Gold competency demonstrates it’s a leader in its field
when it comes to protecting vital data maintaining business
resilience and building trust, giving customers the
confidence to innovate and try new technologies and
solutions,” says Matt Bostwick, Partner Director at
Microsoft New Zealand.
Achieving the status comes off the
back of Kordia’s cyber security expansion. With a
dedicated cyber security team of more than 75, Kordia
recently acquired managed security services provider SecOps
In 2020, Kordia acquired container and security
consulting specialist EMRGE (then Emerging Technology
Partners), bolstering capabilities in cloud migration and
consultancy, and in April 2021, it also acquired Base2, a
provider of managed IT and modern workplace solutions.
Olphert says the latest development is part of
Kordia’s vision of becoming the ‘go to’ technology
partner for New Zealand organisations.
beyond security and executing Kordia Group’s wider
strategy of delivering complete cyber security, cloud, and
modern workplace solutions to customers.
pervades every aspect of the modern organisation. This
positions Kordia with a unique value proposition where every
customer has the assurance of reliable, stable and secure
business services across cloud, security, and
connectivity,” Olphert concludes.
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