Surfing the channel
Web and e-mail filtering software vendor SurfControl is on track to be profitable by the first quarter of the next financial year. The prediction comes after a strong third quarter in 2002, for which SurfControl had its Australian channel to thank. SurfControl reported revenues for the quarter to March 31, 2002 increased 34 per cent to $US14.1 million, compared to $10.5 million for the third quarter of last year. The results see revenues for the nine months leading up to March increase to $38.5 million, an increase of 56 per cent over $24.8 million for the same period last year. SurfControl attributed this growth to the company's expanded reseller program, and in particular to its Australian channel.
The new Commander
ASX-listed voice and data communications supplier Commander has appointed a new managing director and non-executive director. The need for a new MD came about after current managing director John Dougall advised that he would not be renewing his contract with the company. Dougall assisted in the search for a replacement and has adjusted the date of his last day at the company to ensure his replacement's employment begins on the first day of the financial year. The company has appointed former Howard Smith managing director Ian Tsicalas to replace Dougall.
Check Point gets smart
Check Point has launched the first product in its category of Active Defence Internet security, which will allow users to switch on real-time detection and protection for their networks. The vendor has added a central management option to its entire product range, available in Australia in Q3, which can be activated by current subscription holders. The SmartDefence tool, which sits within the firewall and the VPN (virtual private network), gives the user access to lists of traffic and viruses that are constantly updated by Check Point's R&D team.