Check Point charts new offerings

Check Point charts new offerings

The increasing need for new securtity technologies should see Check Point treble its Australian staff within two years.

Fuelling this growth are new products, such as the three the company announced this month — Web Intelligence, Connectra and SSL Network Extender.

A/NZ and Pacific regional director, Scott Ferguson, said the software vendor had created a new roadmap of products because the security perimeter had changed with business staff, contractors and network engineers increasingly using laptops on company networks, which increased risks to systems from worms and viruses.

Firms using Web services may also be vulnerable, he said.

A LAN-based technology called Interspect slotted into a network and used protocols to stop worms from entering systems by being aware of activity on a network, Ferguson said.

Web Intelligence is a technology add-on which provides Web application firewall technology, Connectra is a Web security gateway that integrates with network connectivity, and the SSL Network Extrender is a plug-in browser technology software that provides secure remote access to Web and non-Web resources.

Together, Ferguson said they provide high-level security removing an inhibitor to the growth of Web services.

The products will be available either as upgrades to existing Check Point products or as standalones. They are being sold using Express Data and Lan Systems as primary distributors, who serve some 300 Check Point resellers nationwide.

Check Point also supplies integrators such as Logitech, but has no direct sales staff.

Check Point currently employs 15 staff across Australia and New Zealand, eight more than at the same time last year. It expects to employ 20 people by Mid-2005 and predicts an annual sales growth of 24 per cent.

Ferguson said such resellers were enjoying significant growth following Check Point’s launch in recent years of products serving telcos and large corporates, right down to the smallest businesses, allowing resellers to serve anybody.

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