New Zealand and its neighbouring countries has become the latest territory to be targeted by Stellenbosch-based FireID, where it has signed a distribution agreement with Chillisoft, New Zealand's fastest growing software distributor for the last four years.
FireID, which has developed the world's first universal personal authenticator, deployed via a cellphone, now has an offshore presence in North America, Slovenia and New Zealand.
The recently signed agreement allows Chillisoft to market FireID in New Zealand, Australasia and Oceania. The distributor will take FireID to market through its 700-plus resellers, and it will also go direct initially to stimulate market interest.
"We are a specialist security software distributor that chooses leading and emerging technology solutions," says Chillisoft business development manager Steve Smith, "and we found FireID to be a good fit with our business.
"We expect significant takeup of FireID in our markets as New Zealand and Australian organisations have often been early adopters of new technology."
Chillisoft was attracted to FireID because of its innovative approach, adds Smith. "The growing complexity of security threats mean that organisations need to be regularly reviewing the way they protect their networks and data. FireID offers a new technology for progressive organisations to manage access."
FireID is the world's first solution to deliver one-time passwords out of band. This means that the passwords are generated on the cellphone independent of any network connectivity or SMS transmission. This prevents interception of the password, making FireID the most secure solution of its kind.
FireID joins a stable of software products that include ESET, i-track.NET, KERIO, KACE, iFAX, Sourcefire, Astaro and Cososys. Established in 1998, Chillisoft has been repeatedly placed in the Deloitte NZ Fast50 and Asia Pacific Fast500.
"We are very excited to tie up with a distributor of the calibre of Chillisoft," says FireID MD Jenny Dugmore. "Our global coverage is growing rapidly, and we are well on our way to being the world's leading solution in our space."