Wick Hill Appointed By Check Point To Target Small Business Market

Woking, Surrey: 13th September 04 – Wick Hill has been appointed distributor by Check Point to target the SME/SMB market. Wick Hill will be distributing Check Point’s Safe@Office, VPN-1 Edge and Check Point Express firewall and VPN solutions, aimed at keeping small and medium enterprises secure against the increasing number of advanced threats and emerging attacks.

With small businesses having to face the same challenges as multinational enterprises, this represents an enormous challenge for both security companies and their distributors, but also a great opportunity for continued growth.

Bernie Dodwell, director of business development at Wick Hill, said: “A key element of Check Point’s strategy is to grow its business in the SME/SMB sector. With our strengths and excellent track record in selling security solutions to this particular area, we were the logical choice to act as VAD for Check Point. Working together with them, we are planning for major growth in their SME/SMB sales in the UK.”

Viv Francis, UK channel manager for Check Point, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Wick Hill to further expand Check Point’s presence in the SMB market. In order for Check Point to continue to carry on growing the sales of its products within this important market area, we needed a channel partner with the dedicated knowledge and expertise to focus on reaching this important sector. Wick Hill is renowned for its proficiency in access to this market and has all the specialist skills required to help Check Point continue in its objective of significant growth in the SMB market.”

Ian Kilpatrick, managing director of Wick Hill Group, commented: “Check Point’s range is complementary to our existing product portfolio. This appointment signals a further expansion of our position in the firewall and VPN market, where we are already very strong. We are now aiming to have 75-100 channel partners providing Check Point solutions.”

Check Point’s product offerings for the SMB market include:

– Safe@Office, which is designed to deliver security to SMBs and remote sites of up to 25 users
– Check Point Express, aimed specifically at providing security for the mid-sized business with up to 500 employees and multiple sites
– VPN-1 Edge, designed to deliver secure connectivity for remote sites and VPN deployments.

About Wick Hill
VAD Wick Hill (www.wickhill.com) specialises in secure infrastructure solutions for e-business. The company’s portfolio covers security, performance, access, services and management. Through associations with a number of international vendors, Wick Hill sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions exclusively through its channel partners, providing customer support, implementation, training and technical services.

About Check Point
Check Point Software Technologies (www.checkpoint.com) is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. It is the confirmed market leader of both the worldwide VPN and firewall markets. Through its Next Generation product line, the company delivers a broad range of intelligent Perimeter, Internal and Web security solutions that protect business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. The company’s Zone Labs (www.zonelabs.com) division is one of the most trusted brands in Internet security, creating award-winning endpoint security solutions that protect millions of PCs from hackers, spyware and data theft. Extending the power of the Check Point solution is its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry’s framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with “best-of-breed” solutions from over 350 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of more than 2,300 Check Point partners in 92 countries.

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