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Pivot Technology Solutions, Inc. Achieves Cisco Master Security Specialization

Cisco Master Specialization Distinguishes Solution Providers with Highest Level of Security Expertise, Lifecycle Services and Success in Sales

TORONTO, July 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Pivot Technology Solutions Inc., (TSX: PTG), ("Pivot" or the "Company") a full-service information technology solutions provider and a Cisco Gold partner, today announced that it has achieved the Cisco Master Security Specialization. This specialization recognizes Pivot as having fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support highly sophisticated Cisco network security solutions.

"Earning Cisco's Master Security designation highlights the value we deliver to our customers as well as Pivot's dedication to and expertise around the Cisco portfolio of strategic consulting, security architecture solutions, professional services and managed security services," said John Flores, Vice President of Marketing, Pivot Technology Solutions. "We are honored to be one of only 34 partners to earn this prestigious Cisco designation.  It serves as an assurance to clients that they can rely on when choosing Pivot to address their enterprise security needs across the entire attack spectrum – before, during and after a breach."

The Cisco Master Security Specialization is designed to recognize an elite group of 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 Architecture Specialization. Partners must then meet a series of stringent requirements in three categories:  technology capabilities, sales expertise and Cisco Lifecycle Services.

Additionally, channel partners must fulfill a number of prerequisites, including: one FireJumper and one individual Cisco CCNP Security certification. Partners are also required to provide references called Partner Executed Proof of Values (PoVs) that determine whether their product or technology directly addresses a defined set of business outcomes. Finally, partners must supply evidence of expertise in three of six defined security practice areas: (1) threat visibility, (2) network vulnerability assessment, (3) remediation and response, (4) secure cloud, (5) secure data center, and (6) secure IoT.

The Cisco Channel Partner Program helps partners build the sales, technical and services skills required to deliver Cisco solutions and customer business outcomes. 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 post-sales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.

About Pivot Technology Solutions, Inc.

Pivot is an industry leading information technology services and solutions provider to many of the world's most successful companies, including members of the Fortune 1000, as well as governments and educational institutions. By leveraging its extensive OEM partnerships and its own fulfillment, professional, deployment, workforce and managed services, Pivot supports the IT infrastructure needs of its clients. For more information, visit www.pivotts.com.

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