Nokia has launched a global security alliance with five software developers that completed a testing and evaluation process for interoperability with its IP security appliances.
The Nokia Security Developers Alliance program is designed to link software applications to its range of firewall, virtual private network and intrusion protection network security appliances.
"The alliance was created to address the expanding requirements and solutions sought by customers," said Jeff Ratzlaff, marketing director for Nokia Internet Communications APAC.
"With the growth in the security market, increased number of products, and the specialised needs of customers, we recognised the need to interoperate with leading products through a focused program.
"Through the alliance, we aim to create a stronger channel pull for NIC platforms and developer applications by providing customisable solutions," he added.
Nokia has already signed up software developers FishNet Security, Open, Permeo, SurfControl and Tripwire but hopes to have 40-50 developers on board within three years.
Nokia regards this interoperability as a way of getting in to new market areas while increasing flexibility for customers and reseller partners.
Nokia's distributors in Australia are Express Data and LAN Systems, while some of its top channel partners include Alphawest, Dimension Data, HP, IBM, Logical Networks, NCR, NetStar Networks, Secure Data and Unisys.