Force 3 Achieves Cisco Master Security Specialization in United States

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Cisco Specialization Level Distinguishes Channel Partners With Highest Level of Security Expertise, Lifecycle Services and Success in Sales

Force 3 announced today that it has achieved the Cisco® Master Security Specialization. This specialization recognizes Force 3 as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated Cisco network security solutions.

“We are extremely pleased to earn the Cisco Master Security Specialization,” said Rocky Cintron, Force 3 CEO. “This achievement demonstrates our deep focus on helping customers build network security infrastructures that protect their assets and shows that Cisco recognizes us as an elite partner that meets and exceeds the highest standards in the industry.

“The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize resale channel partners who have taken the steps to be able to deliver a self-defending network consisting of integrated, collaborative and adaptive security solutions and full life-cycle services,” said Edison Peres, vice president and chief go-to-market officer for worldwide channels at Cisco. “Force 3’s Cisco Master Security Specialization is an outstanding achievement.”

The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize an elite group of resale channel partners who have invested in the most in-depth technology skills and have demonstrated success in providing services for Cisco’s value-added security solutions.

To achieve the Master Security Specialization, partners must first attain the Cisco Advanced Security Specialization. Partners must then meet a series of stringent requirements in three categories: technology capabilities, sales expertise and Cisco Lifecycle Services. Channel partners must meet a number of Cisco and industry-standard technical certification requirements; provide customer references that document prescribed design and deployment capabilities; and supply evidence that they have the infrastructure to support a full menu of Lifecycle Services offerings and capabilities.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program's specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner's expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates a partner's technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.

About Force 3
Force 3 is the trusted provider of Data Center, Communications and Collaborations, Borderless Networks and Cyber Security services for Federal agencies, Enterprise organizations and their key partners. With headquarters in Crofton, Md. and offices in Herndon, Va. and San Antonio, Texas, Force 3 has a 20-year history of delivering, supporting, and maintaining cost-effective IT products and services. At Force 3, we have a relentless focus on achieving our customers’ end goal through innovation, unique solutions and highly trained, passionate people. Our dedication has resulted in being named one of Cisco’s Top 5 Federal Gold Partners in America, as well as Federal Virtualization Partner of the Year in 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.force3.com.

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