News Briefs: eSec, ACCO, Quadtel, speech recognition

eSec training high-class hackers

Managed security integrator eSec has partnered with US-based security software vendor Foundstone to train Australian security specialists in the art of hacking.

According to eSec general manager of security Andrew Tune, the new deal will provide access to an elite course previously only open to the wealthiest businesses in the country.

"Anybody who is serious about doing their security in-house, or implementing security solutions for others, should think about attending the course," Tune said. "You can't get access to material of this calibre unless you go overseas. We are providing both the course and the support here in Australia."

Tune expects both security-focused resellers and in-house security specialists to gain from attending the course.

ACCO signs on Quadtel

Quadtel has landed a deal with ACCO Australia which the distributor claims could mean more than $1 million in annual revenues for the company.

ACCO, which is responsible for brands such as Kensington, Accodata, Sasco and Gravis, has signed a distribution arrangement with Quadtel-owned Marketing Results to bring the products to retailers around Australia.

The ACCO range includes mice, trackballs, PC security, digital cameras, joysticks and PC accessories.

Inflection speaks out in Oz

A new systems integrator has emerged in the burgeoning speech recognition market, determined to get a chunk of what it claims could be a $40 million industry within 12 months.

Backed by UK venture capitalists, Inflection Technologies has partnered with speech recognition engine builder SpeechWorks to provide Australian companies with voice recognition applications.

The company has already recruited a number of high-profile consultants in the speech industry, said managing director Tim Courtright, including Jason Beever, formerly of SpeechWorks, and Allen Didovich, formerly of Vodafone.