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SYNAXON UK aims to get members thinking and talking about security

September 2020 – SYNAXON UK, the leading channel and managed services group, has formed a new partnership with Layer 8, the specialist practitioner in security behaviour change.

The agreement gives SYNAXON UK members access to a specialist set of services that will enable them to deepen and enhance knowledge and awareness of the issues around digital security and data protection, and encourage best practice – amongst their own staff and their customers.

Mike Barron, Managing Director of SYNAXON UK, said that the partnership with Layer 8 is part of a longer-term plan to equip members with the capabilities they need to give the best advice to customers and set themselves apart in a busy market.

“SYNAXON UK exists for the benefit of its members – and as part of that, it’s our duty to give them access to the opportunity to develop new skills and ways to add value and differentiate. Our partnership with Layer 8 puts the focus firmly on getting people talking about and collaborating on security with the aim of reducing risk. That sounds simplistic, but as any reseller that has tried to talk to customers about digital protection and security policies will tell you, it’s actually extremely challenging as it often means developing a complete change of the customer’s mindset”

Layer 8 provides frameworks, training, measurement, and consultancy, all which is brought together to enable the partner to provide a complete picture of their digital security posture – it’s strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, and potential threats.  All of this is delivered within a modern context in which it is recognised that the way people acquire knowledge and stay up to date has changed.

The Layer 8 Toolkit®, available as an app on Android and iOS, or via the web, provides information in the way most people consume it today, in small, bite-sized chunks. It enables people to understand all aspects of secure behaviour, from compliance, to ransomware, social engineering and more. To get them started, Layer 8 is offering to provide SYNAXON UK members with ten licences for its toolkit, free of charge, for 60 days. This will enable them to trial the product themselves and with their prospects.

Sarah Janes, Managing Director of Layer 8, stated: “Layer 8’s vision is that everybody should have access to someone who can help them be more secure. Our partnership with SYNAXON UK is a step towards the achievement of that goal. Working with its members will help us to reach out to more businesses, help them understand and learn about what really matters when it comes to digital security, and offer the kind of advice that will make a real difference.”

If they wish to, members and their customers can also take part in Layer 8’s Are You A Social Media Security Master? Challenge online quiz. This is designed to get people thinking about the impact of their actions. At the same time, it provides the business case for investing in a more extensive training programme.  Anyone can use the quiz



SYNAXON is the leading reseller, MSP, and dealer services group in the UK. The group has more than 500 member companies operating in the IT and office products channels, and partnerships with over 50 vendor, distributor, and services suppliers. SYNAXON UK’s members have estimated combined gross revenues of more than £1bn gross external sales.

The group provides a range of unique services that help its member companies to buy better, sell more and reduce their costs.

For supplier partners, SYNAXON provides unrivalled reach into the UK reseller, MSP, and dealer community, providing active account management and business development programmes that enable them to develop a higher profile, form lasting partnerships and grow their sales.

Operating from offices in Warrington, SYNAXON UK is part of SYNAXON AG, a European organisation, headquartered in Germany, where it has over 3000 established partners that generate around €3 billion of gross external sales annually, representing 15 per cent of the German market.

For more information about SYNAXON contact:

Mike Barron
Managing Director
Telephone: 0300 304 7844
Mobile: 07910 99 44 20

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