DefendNet Solutions Partners with BuyTelco to Deliver Managed Internet Security Solutions to Businesses Throughout U.S

Providence, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 8, 2001–

…Strategic Alliance Expands DefendNet’s Market Reach…

DefendNet Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of managed Internet security solutions, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with BuyTelco, Inc., a leading telecom services provider, to resell DefendNet’s managed security solutions through the BuyTelco.com Web site.

BuyTelco.com is an Internet-based business-to-business portal that enables small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) throughout the U.S. to easily research, purchase and manage competitive voice and data service offerings in their area. Under the terms of the partnership, BuyTelco will refer customers to and deliver DefendNet’s managed security solutions, which include best-of-breed firewall appliances, 24 X 7 monitoring, virtual private networks and anti-virus solutions, to the broad market of U.S. businesses that are served by its Internet-based resale network of telecommunications services.

This announcement builds on DefendNet’s existing strategic alliances with more than 35 partners, and represents an extension of its reach to the SMB market. DefendNet currently has managed security services relationships with partners in a number of key markets, including system/network integrators, CLECs/DLECs, ASPs, and ISPs.

“DefendNet has been extremely successful in building partnerships with a wide range of service providers and integrators to meet the explosive demand for managed Internet security services,” said DefendNet president and CEO Vincent Giordano. “Our relationship with BuyTelco is another example of this, and will enable us help more SMB customers meet the challenges of assessing, deploying and managing the security of their networks.”

“BuyTelco looks forward to adding DefendNet’s quality managed security services to our enhanced range of SMB business solutions,” states Steve McKean/CEO, “Through innovative partnerships with DefendNet and other national service providers we continue to fill critical needs for value-added solutions that deliver immediate benefits to these business markets.”

About BuyTelco

BuyTelco distributes telecommunication services nationwide to small and medium-sized businesses. Working through companies that own customer relationships, but who have no expertise at selling telecom services, BuyTelco allows systems integrators, VARs, online merchants, and others to offer telecom circuits and other services to their customers. With the largest geographic footprint of any telecom distributor, BuyTelco shields the reseller from the complications of agent agreements, tariffs, and order processing, while allowing them to generate incremental revenue and maintain account control. Through co-branding and private-labeling, BuyTelco allows online merchants and other Web properties to host an online telecom services store. For more information please contact Kurt Scott/COO at 877-920-7775 or kscott@buytelco.com.

About DefendNet Solutions, Inc.

DefendNet Solutions, Inc. is a provider of managed Internet security solutions. DefendNet’s suite of security solutions, called SecureInternet, is designed to enable ISPs, CLECs, ASPs and co-locators to simply and cost-effectively provide outsourced managed security services to their business customers. DefendNet’s SecureInternet solutions provide outsourced security administration, monitoring and reporting in one package, eliminating the time- and cost-intensive burden of managing network security in-house. Because DefendNet utilizes an array of best-of-breed security products in its solutions, partners may bring together and leverage the unique features of various security products to deliver the best security services to their customers. For more information, call 877-456-0500 or visit www.defendnet.com.

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DefendNet Solutions Partners with BuyTelco to Deliver Managed Internet Security Solutions to Businesses Throughout U.S