Top-level security available for SMBs

Top-level security available for SMBs

SECURE Computing is making technology originally designed for high-demand clients, such as the US’s National Security Agency, available to small to medium businesses in New Zealand.

The vendor’s Australia and New Zealand manager, Eric Krieger, was in the country this month to launch its flagship Sidewinder G2 security appliances locally.

The new Sidewinder G2 line-up comprises eight models, four of which are designed specifically for SMBs.

The appliances feature Secure Computing’s new Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology, which combines hardware, software and networking technologies that perform multiple security functions, such as firewall, intrusion prevention and antivirus.

Krieger says this gives the ability to specifically target the SMB space.

“In New Zealand traditionally up to 80% of business could be classified as SMBs,” he says.

“This UTM appliance is a great vehicle for them, because it gives them a best-of-breed, high-security and highly standards-based security appliance.”

The range will also strengthen ties between Secure Computing and local distributor MPA, which was appointed last year.

“MPA can deliver the security practitio-ners and specialists, both at the system integrator level and at the security practice level,” says Krieger.

In contrast to Australia, MPA handles the Sidewinder range, as well as Secure Compu-ting’s other two offerings — SmartFinder web filtering products and SafeWord authentication products.

Across the Tasman three different distributors deal with each of the product ranges. “MPA handles everything as they really have a focus on the security practice,” says Krieger.

According to Krieger, the Sidewinder appliances deliver the same protection technology that is deployed at some of the world’s most secure facilities, including the majo-rity of the US government’s most security-

conscious agencies, but at a price that will attract SMBs.

“They get the same software bundle as a department of defence can expect. We rejigged our licensing to make it more affordable,” he says, adding that pricing starts from $3,300 for 25 licences for the entry-level 110 C model.

Krieger also claims Secure Computing’s operating system, which was launched in 1994, has never been breached and that it has never released a security patch.

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