Westcon Group and gateprotect: Growing the IT Security footprint in Africa

Hamburg, (PresseBox) - German IT security specialist gateprotect, has partnered with the Westcon Group in South Africa and Africa in a bid to strategically enhance its presence in the region. Thanks to the integration into the Westcon-Comztek data security portfolio, the company now has access to further market potential through the group's Comztek Africa business as well as the enterprise market of Westcon South Africa.

The market for IT security solutions on the African continent continues to grow as public and private organisations are increasingly investing into network and data protection as a result of economic growth in many countries. Likewise, the interconnection of external branches and mobile devices are on the agenda of many investors, which is raising the desire for companies to turn to respected and lauded security specialists such as gateprotect.

In order to satisfy the growing demand in the region for reliable security products, gateprotect has been actively growing its own footprint by placing more feet on the ground. The gateprotect Africa team will, in addition to working with customers, provide support to Westcon-Comztek in exploring new markets and winning new partners by way of joint marketing activities, training and certification of resellers. Furthermore, gateprotect is the only German vendor to offer personal, local support in Africa.

"The African market offers immense potential. Thanks to our easy-to-use security solutions for the protection of highly complex networks and mobile devices, we believe we will be able to capitalise on this potential. The partnership with Westcon-Comztek is an important step for us to further strengthen the presence of gateprotect in the market," says Dr. Peter Smeets, CEO gateprotect AG Germany.

"African companies are experiencing a period of growth as a result of foreign investment and internal growth. This growth is fuelling a need for technology systems, which is in turn driving up the need for robust security solutions to protect these solutions. We believe that the next generation firewalls from gateprotect are perfectly suited to meet the future challenges in the field of IT security, and optimally complement the Westcon Group and its Comztek Africa's portfolio of security solutions in both South Africa and on the continent," ends Andrew Potgieter, business practice director, Westcon Security Solutions - Data.

About Westcon

Westcon-Comztek is a leading value-added distributor of technology and converged communications solutions for customers in the enterprise, SMB and consumer markets, in South Africa and 26 countries on the African continent. The company is made up of six business practices which include: Comstor (Cisco business), Comztek Consumer Solutions, Westcon Communications Solutions, Westcon Mobility Solutions, Westcon Security Solutions which includes an electronic and data division and Comztek Software Solutions. The Comztek Africa business deploys the solutions across all these practices into the African market.

gateprotect GmbH

gateprotect AG Germany has been a leading, globally acting provider of IT security solutions in the area of network security for more than ten years. These solutions comprise next generation firewalls with all commonly used UTM functionalities, managed security as well as VPN client systems. To minimize the risk of operator errors in highly complex security functions, gateprotect has developed the eGUI® interface concept. The patented eGUI® technology (ergonomic Graphic User Interface) and the Command Center based thereon for the configuration and administration of firewall systems for managed security service providers (MSSPs) increase the factual security in companies and allow for an efficient ongoing maintenance of the systems. Reputable companies and institutions in more than 80 countries worldwide trust gateprotect as their partner for IT network security.

Since 2010, gateprotect has been listed in the renowned "Gartner Magic Quadrant" for UTM firewall appliances. The gateprotect solutions comply with highest international standards - thus, the firewall packet filtering core of the new development has been certified according to "Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL 4+)" by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in March 2013. For the easy operability and comprehensive security of the UTM firewall solutions, gateprotect was the first German company to be honored with the Frost & Sullivan Excellence Award.

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