Resellers can apparently help smaller companies defend themselves from hackers with a range of internet security products from software supplier Check Point.
The SmallOffice suite of software is aimed at providing secure intranet links to remote offices connected via a virtual private network (VPN).
The products feature a web-based interface, installation wizards and automatic upgrades, and support multiple broadband technologies.
"The arrival of DSL and real broadband will encourage businesses to roll out centralised information systems to remote sites via VPNs," said Steve Barnett, managing director at Check Point UK.
The 100 per cent indirect selling vendor, which has 100 accredited UK partners, said that resellers are ideally positioned to offer add-ons to existing network security systems.
"We want to develop opportunities for our partners by enabling them to go back into customers to secure remote branches," said Barnett.
Gary Jones, professional services manager at MIS security, agreed that security for remote workers is now essential.
"Now that broadband and DSL is getting out there, home working is taking off dramatically. In the past home workers were supplied with modems and client VPNs but, with broadband, you have an always-on high bandwidth connection and it's much easier for hackers and crackers to target you," he said.
Sean Fane, managing director at distributor InterQuad, believes that resellers are ideally positioned to supply the increasing demand. "This will be big business for resellers because home workers want the same security as the office," he explained.
The corporate roll out of secure enterprise level intranet links to remote and mobile workers is matched by the growth in demand in the small to medium sized enterprise (SME) sector.
Barnett insisted that small businesses need just the same level of security.
He added that the security market is relatively untapped and that there are major opportunities for resellers selling into the SME sector. "Only about 15 per cent of UK companies on the internet have security," he claimed.
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