With Asia said to be recovering better from the economic crisis than any other region in the world, it is no surprise then that it is also a target of cyber attacks. To help companies in the region protect themselves from such threats, SonicWall has recently appointed a new value-added distributor in Southeast Asia.
Taiwan's SYSTEX Corporation is SonicWall's new value-added distributor in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
SonicWall, which provides intelligent network security and data protection solutions, said enterprises can protect themselves from cyber crimes by using "efficient and intelligent security solutions that work within their budgets".
"Southeast Asia represents a region with an ever-growing market for enterprise security solutions and we continue to further strengthen our position in the enterprise security business with this appointment," said Ang Chye Hin, SonicWALL's director of sales, ASEAN. "We are pleased to have appointed such a well-established organisation as SYSTEX to represent us in this important market and we are confident that our customers will benefit from this appointment."
SYSTEX is an IT services and solutions provider with 47 offices across 10 countries in the Asia Pacific. SYSTEX's network of over 800 channel partners reaches more than 40,000 customers in the region.
Don Tan, regional manager for Southeast Asia at SYSTEX, commented: "Achieving the new status of SonicWALL authorised distributor marks the beginning of a new era for us. SonicWALL's range of enterprise network security and data protection solutions - from secure wireless access, disaster recovery to intelligent network security and application control - complements our current solution offering and adds value to our mission of being the leading IT service provider in Asia."
The announcement of a new distributor was also an opportunity for SonicWall to announce that it is offering its next-generation firewalls -- the NSA E8510 and SuperMassive E10000 series.
SonicWall cited a report by analyst firm Gartner which says in part that changing business processes and the technology enterprises deploy, along with new network security threats, require next-generation firewall technology.
Said Greg Young, research vice president, Gartner: "We expect that by 2014, 35 percent of all enterprises will have installed a next-generation firewall with tightly integrated intrusion prevention and application visibility and control capabilities."
Security expert McAfee recently bared in a report (http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/white-papers/wp-operation-shady-rat.pdf) a series of attacks over a five-year period in many organisations and countries around the world, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and organisations in India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea.
China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team also reported (http://www.mis-asia.com/resource/security/china-hit-by-480000-trojan-horse-attacks-in-2010/) recently that it was a victim of nearly 500,000 cyber attacks last year.
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