Security of Paramount importance

Paramount Computer Systems, an established computer dealer in the Middle East, is providing an umbrella for its host of manufacturers at GITEX in hall six.

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By  Daniel Anderson-Ford Published  October 17, 2001

Paramount Computer Systems, an established computer dealer in the Middle East, is providing an umbrella for its host of manufacturers at GITEX in hall six.

Paramount has recently achieved BS 7799 certification, and offers writing network and audit policies. It also conducts high-level vulnerability and penetration testing for networks.
With them on the stand is Stonesoft, launching in the Middle East its new firewall security system.

The system comes complete with an end-to-end Internet defence system that, according to channel manager Theodore Kouyoumdjian, “delivers high availability load balancing, making multiple firewalls and web servers. We give an advantage because we offer both stateful and application-level inspection.”

Another of Paramount’s partners is Trend Micro, demonstrating a range of anti-virus packages on the stand.

Primary among these is Trend Micro ScanMail for Microsoft Exchange 2000, a scalable multi-thread security product. ScanMail scans all areas of Internet and e-mail activity, filtering what the company calls malicious code including Trojans, e-mail traffic, ActiveX and JAVA.

According to Trend’s marketing director, Justin Doo: “JAVA applets on the Internet are the biggest unexposed threat for viruses. These can be used by hackers to get access to sensitive information from your hard drive.”

As yet, no company offers a solution protecting JAVA based web activity, and Trend aims to be the first such company to do so.
Doo also ellaborated on the company’s business strategy, saying: “We have few direct competitors with rounded solutions using their own technology. We have partnerships with people like Microsoft and Compaq, but don’t shout about it. We like to refer to ourselves as the biggest company you’ve never heard of.”

However, to address the situation, Trend Micro will start a “massive” re-branding campaign in mid-2002.

He continued: “Paramount offers us an excellent support mechanism and gives us a good in-road into a market and a region they know well. This is an important area for us.”

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