Peripherals distributor, Anyware Computer Accessories, has moved into the security market through a new deal with Capital Security Solutions (CSS).
Anyware will take on a range of network security products from Norwegian software vendor, Norman Anti-Virus. The distributor will carry Norman's Virus Control, Personal Firewall, Internet Control and Ad-Aware SE Plus products.
CSS, which has been the Australian master distributor for Norman since the vendor left the country in 2001, will provide technical support.
While the deal represented a diversification for the company, Anyware would continue to be a niche player, managing director, Garrison Huang, said. "Security is everybody's game now but we are still serving independent resellers," he said. "We need to provide our customers with more than just peripherals."
Despite Norman's lack of branding in Australia, Huang said there were opportunities for the new range in the SOHO and SMB markets.
"We have always felt there is a good opportunity in AV software," he said. "The major players aren't giving a lot of attention to the lower end of the market and what they do offer tends to be over-priced."
Anyware's move into security isn't its first step away from peripherals. In July, it struck a deal with Israel-based Pegasus Technologies for its PC Notes Taker product. The company also boosted its networking portfolio with the addition of products from China-based TP-Link in March.