Former integrator, turned distributor, Firewall Systems has been the first to graduate from the WatchGaurd Certified Training Program (WCTP) in a bid to press home a competitive advantage over its security rivals.
John Labza, technical manager of Firewall, has been selling WatchGaurd security products for four years but has only now returned from an extensive training program at the vendor's Seattle headquarters. The certification enables the distributor to train and endorse resellers in WatchGaurd's firewall and virtual private network (VPN) technologies.
Firewall is the first distributor in Australia qualified to provide instructor-led WatchGuard training for partners and customers according to Rick Hancock, regional manager Australia and New Zealand for WatchGuard Technologies.
Hancock is eager to get WatchGaurd's other Full Master Distributors certified in the training program, but states course attendance is subject to strict approval.
"You have to apply for it," says Hancock. "You just can't pay for it and do the course."