Wick Hill Appointed Distributor For Black Duck Software

Opportunities for resellers in open source security and management

Woking, Surrey: 15th October, 2015 - Wick Hill announced today that it has been appointed UK VAD for Black Duck Software in the UK and DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Black Duck’s industry-leading solutions help companies secure and manage open source software. Black Duck has appointed Wick Hill to assist with its aggressive EMEA region expansion.

Ian KilpatrickIan Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group

Established in 2003, US-based Black Duck is a worldwide company with offices in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. With more than 1400 customers in 24 countries, Black Duck helps organisations, ranging from global enterprises to start-ups, to better secure and manage their open-source software. Customers include Airbus, Dell, Intel, Thomson Reuters, Yahoo and Samsung.

Enterprises across all industries are increasingly using open source software to reduce development costs and accelerate time to market. However, most companies lack the necessary visibility into, and control of, their open source usage and associated security vulnerabilities, increasing security risks. With more than 4000+ open source vulnerabilities reported each year, visibility and control are priority matters. 98% of companies are unaware of the open source code they are using and 67% of companies don't monitor their open source code for security vulnerabilities.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “Companies today are often unaware of whether they’re using open source code or the extent to which they are using it. That leaves them open to security attacks, compliance issues, and legal action, from not acknowledging the use of someone else’s code. Heartbleed, ShellShock and other major security bugs attacked through open source vulnerabilities, so it’s a crucial issue.

“Managing and protecting open source is a growing market with significant service and consultancy opportunities for the channel, who will be able to provide improved security for their customers with Black Duck solutions.”

"The Black Duck-Wick Hill partnership, and the additional partnerships our alliance will foster, add significant momentum to our mission of enabling all businesses to secure and manage their open source deployments at every step of the software and application development processes."
- Kevin Bland, Director of Channels and Alliances at Black Duck

Kevin Bland, director of channels and alliances at Black Duck, said “Partnering with Wick Hill further highlights the increasing importance of our open source security and management solutions to managed service providers and resellers across the EMEA region who are looking to new technologies that address the challenges their customers are facing.

“The Black Duck-Wick Hill partnership, and the additional partnerships our alliance will foster, add significant momentum to our mission of enabling all businesses to secure and manage their open source deployments at every step of the software and application development processes.”

Black Duck solutions
Black Duck solutions enable organisations to automate the process of identifying and inventorying all of the open source software in use, and referencing the identified code against a variety of databases to map all known security vulnerabilities and provide information about open source license compliance requirements.

Additionally, Black Duck dynamically monitors the inventory of open source code to provide alerts when any new known security vulnerabilities are discovered that would impact the code. Black Duck solutions also help customers determine their level of security and compliance risk, and help track remediation.

Wick Hill Select 
Black Duck Software is the first partner in Wick Hill’s new Wick Hill Select division which will provide comprehensive market entry and growth support for suppliers who are looking to establish a presence in, or rapidly expand across EMEA. It forms a key component of Wick Hill’s plans for international expansion.

About Wick Hill 
Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training. Wick Hill currently has offices in Woking, Surrey, with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill Group is part of Rigby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Rigby Group Investments, an independent company within Rigby Group plc.

About Black Duck Software
Organizations worldwide use Black Duck Software’s industry-leading products to secure and manage Open Source Software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. Black Duck is headquartered Burlington, MA and has offices in Mountain View, CA, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information visit http://www.blackducksoftware.com/