Security company Check Point has opened a direct office in South Africa, headed up by industry veteran Sean Wainer.
The company has been represented via its distributors and resellers for a number of years and has enjoyed healthy growth in the country.
The new move is premised on increasing the support available to reseller partners in South Africa, and to increase the company's presence into Africa.
CheckPoint is distributed by SecureData and Westcon and has reseller agreements with a number of companies including ISA, Dimension Data and Faritec. It is also represented by smaller resellers addressing the SMB market space.
The company's revenues in South Africa grew by more than 30% last year, and are expected to maintain this kind of pace going forward.
Wainer points out that connected business has become the norm in South Africa and its neighbouring countries and that companies are becoming increasingly aware of the necessity for complete, integrated protection from the range of threats that come with this connectivity.
"With cyber-miscreants turning their attention to breaching defenses for financial gain ratherthat kudos as was the norm in years gone by, the ante has been upped," Wainer comments.
"There remains a distinct need to protect the enterprise at all levels, something Check Point has a long and successful history of doing."
Check Point provides a three-point approach to security, which covers the perimeter network, the internal network and the endpoints – laptops, desktops and various user devices.
They all integrate into a single management console.
"One of the major issues with security – especially in the enterprise – is the wide range of products and technologies required to create a sound security posture. The difficulty in managing these disparate elements can result in inadvertent chinks in the security armour."