The security market in South Africa gained another player as distributor NetDefense opened its doors this morning.

Part of the MB Technologies group, NetDefense will leverage the back-end functionality provided by the group – such as admininstration, logistics, reseller programmes and education – says CEO Guy Whitcroft.
Through its associations, it will have immediate access to about 3 500 resellers who can start selling NetDefense products today.
The distributor's security offerings include products from Cisco, Symantec, Celestix, SkyRecon, Kaspersky and Oracle.
Whitcroft adds that the IT security market in South Africa could potentially be worth R2-billion, including services – and a projected growth rate of 20% per annum.
Trends in the US show that 80% of resellers are actively involved in selling security solutions to end users, with only 10% not interested in becoming involved in this area of the market.
In terms of the revenue breakdown, software products account for about 34%; hardware at 24%; and services coming in at about 42%.
"There are a lot of niche players in the security market," says Whitcroft. "But NetDefense is the first mainstream distributor to focus on security."
He adds that South African companies seem to have woken up to the need for IT protection and 2007 has seen a rash of IT security-related headlines.
"One of the reasons we are seeing an increased need for security is the realisation that, ultimately, the CEO is accountable for lost data or information leaks if it can be shown the company failed to take appropriate security measures."