Fusion brings home Global Certs

Global Certs, the US-based secure messaging appliance vendor has signed up Fusion Distribution to distribute their products in the region.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  November 2, 2004

Global Certs, the secure messaging appliance vendor has signed an agreement with Fusion Distribution based in Dubai to distribute their products in the Middle East. The US vendor originally known as Tovaris has a product portfolio, which includes: content-filtering, anti-virus, anti-spam, secure authorisation, firewalls and now secure messaging. "This agreement with Global Certs allows us to fulfill our vision of a complete security product offering, that we can now make available to our resellers," says Tim Martin, managing director for Fusion Distribution. As part of the agreement with the six-year old Global Certs, Fusion will be distributing the Secure Mail Gateway to resellers, in the Middle East, in countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. Roland S. Gerard, chairman & CEO for Global Certs, says, “The Middle East is an important region within the global economy. This relationship enables us to expand our reach into this market, and enhances our ability to provide digital certificate management services on a more global basis." The gateway solution promises to simplify sending secure e-mails for customers without specialised IT skills. It includes the Secure Messenger, which allows customers to communicate securely to anyone with a web browser. The Secure Tier feature automates certificate management services for administration and facilitates rapid secure messaging. Once installed, the Secure Mail Gateway requires very little if any follow up configuration. The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) enabled solution suite can be deployed without any additional desktop or client software adds the vendor. When an end user sends a message, it is transmitted via SSL to the Secure Mail Gateway where is converted to an encrypted message. The message is then sent over the internet to the recipient's Secure Mail Gateway, where it is decrypted and then sent to the recipient's mail server over SSL. The UAE based Fusion Distribution has similar agreements with Surf Control (for content filtering), Message Labs (for outsourced mail filtering) and Global Technology Associates (firewall appliances). According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Security Server Appliance Tracker, the worldwide security appliance market grew 57% in the second quarter of 2004 compared to the second quarter of 2003. Factory revenues totaled US$523.4 million, which marked an additional US$190 million in sales gained from 2Q'03.

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