NetStar is clamouring to capture a prime spot in the emerging specialist security consulting market, predicting 1999 revenues of between $15 and 20 million.
The move to offer security consulting and integration signals what NetStar believes is largely an untapped Australian market and a huge opportunity for the channel.
Mitch Radomir, NetStar's business development manager, said his company's research indicates the total security market was worth between $30 and $60 million in 1998, and will rise to between $120 and $160 million in 2001.
Radomir said the company determined these figures after analysing the global security market and speaking to local vendors, as little information exists on the local market.
NetStar's main competition in the security arena is likely to come from a variety of companies including Com Tech and KPMG.
But according to NetStar's security specialist, Andy Norton, the market is currently so large, the company rarely encounters a competitive bid.
The security division is just five months old, but it already has four full-time staff and another 12 already undergoing intensive training.
"We've got head hunters looking for more people now," Radomir said.