Axent announces Webthority for Net security

Axent announces Webthority for Net security

Internet security solution provider Axent launched Webthority this week -- the latest of its enterprise data security offerings -- claiming the application would prove "unique" in the crowded Web security marketplace.

Andy Norton, Australian manager of Symantec-acquired Axent, claimed the product would solve the business dilemma of disparate, stand-alone security functions.

"Few organisations are able to stay 'on top' of the effectiveness of their security. Introducing new technologies often introduces duplication of effort -- YADS (yet another database syndrome)," he said.

"Webthority provides a comprehensive management solution, taking care of updates, configuration, reporting, forensics and policy for all enterprise-wide security investments," Norton explained.

Webthority combines with Axent's Raptor Firewall and Defender solutions, offering a complete extranet security system for business networks, said Mike Bannon, senior manager of Internet technology at National Gypsum, an Axent client. The product also doubles as a CRM solution, he said, managing customer accounts, protecting customer information and allowing customers to access needed information from a single location.

While Norton did not disclose details on any reseller agreements formed for Webthority, he maintained the product presented myriad business opportunities to the channel. "Webthority is a differentiater for our channel partners. The skills and knowledge to implement Webthority is high. There is a reseller prerequisite for consulting and integration skills," he explained.

Norton added that Axent had the "best" channel in terms of security-savvy resellers. "They are accustomed to solving complex security problems," he said. "We have a strong and close relationship with our Australian partners, all of whom have Webthority prospects."

Axent could not provide a specific profit forecast on Webthority for the next year, only speculating each business sale would average $US150,000.

Webthority will be released in Australia in the first quarter of 2001. Lowest tier licensing starts at $US25,000.

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