01 Apr 2021
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rhipe acquires emt Distribution, with aim to expand into enterprise market

rhipe has today announced its acquisition of cybersecurity distribution specialist emt Distribution, a move that will expand rhipe’s offering to the enterprise market and bolster the company’s presence in the realm of software distribution.

emt Distribution’s addition to the company’s portfolio means rhipe can provide partners with a ‘fuller spectrum’ of security solutions.

The acquisition also complements rhipe’s existing cybersecurity software offerings centred around Microsoft’s product stack and rhipe’s own SMB-focused encryption product SmartEncrypt, the company says. This will enable rhipe to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end security capabilities to its partners.

“emt Distribution has an incredible track record in delivering software security products and solutions via their distribution channels,” says rhipe CEO Dominic O’Hanlon.

“By combining emt’s expertise in security solutions with rhipe’s reach, we will be able to offer rhipe partners across APAC effective solutions to protect against growing threats around cybersecurity. 

“We plan to continue investing in the emt business to support its continued growth, delivering emt’s extensive portfolio of vendor security products to rhipe partners, while providing emt partners with access to SmartEncrypt and rhipe security vendor products,” continues O’Hanlon.  

“We look forward to welcoming the emt team to the rhipe family and leveraging their outstanding skills and expertise, to deliver greater outcomes for our partners and their customers.”

According to emt founder and CEO Richard Rundle, the company’s business is ‘positioned for growth’ as the demand for cybersecurity solutions increases. According to Gartner, security and risk management spending continue to increase throughout 2021. In Australia alone, organisations are expected to spend over $4.9 billion on information security and risk management products and services by the end of 2021.

“As we enter our next stage of growth, we are thrilled to be joining the rhipe family to collectively execute on the opportunities ahead,” says Rundle. 

“I could not be prouder of our team’s success to date and believe this is a significant opportunity to align with a distributor of rhipe’s calibre, to greatly enhance our capabilities and market reach.”

rhipe’s purchase of emt Distribution emt’s products, solutions and assets, with Richard Rundle now responsible for driving the continued growth of the emt business within rhipe as well as supporting the expansion of rhipe’s security offering to its existing partners. 

emt’s 21 employees from its Australian-based and Asia offices will also join the rhipe family, with the Middle East operations likely to join rhipe in the coming months, the company says.

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