gateprotect Strengthens its Presence in Latin America: Partnership with CompuDirecto and Local Support Center
Hamburg, 30. April 2013 – The German IT security specialist gateprotect continues pursuing its strategy of internationalization in a consequent manner and has agreed on a comprehensive partnership with the Value Added Distributor CompuDirecto S.A. DE C.V. The agreement, which has been effective since March 2013, comprises the distribution of gateprotect next generation firewall solutions in ten countries of the strongly growing Latin American market. With the new sales partner, gateprotect is once more strategically enhancing its international network of partners and is now present in almost all relevant national economies of the world.
“In the first quarter of this year, gateprotect achieved a growth of 25% in South and Central America and won reputable new end customers”, Dr. Peter Smeets, CEO of gateprotect AG Germany, explains. “With CompuDirecto, we have found an experienced regional partner with strong growth potential that is, thanks to its long-standing experience in the area of IT security, able to place our security solutions optimally all over the continent.”
In the course of strengthened activities in Latin America, gateprotect has also established a new support center in the region. Based in Mexico, gateprotect employees will offer personal customer attendance in English and Spanish language, starting in mid-May.
“With gateprotect we are including a strong brand in our portfolio. The high-performing, easy-to-use IT security solutions “made in Germany” from gateprotect are highly regarded and enjoy great confidence also in Latin America”, Ignacio Palomar – CEO of CompuDirecto says.
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CompuDirecto has been recognized as one of the most trustful and faster growing wholesale distributors of IT Security products in the region in the last years. With local offices in five countries, and 16 partners the strategy to protect users in these regions is unique and warranties the security of Latin American customers through top quality brand products that provide the most reliable experience and satisfaction in the support that we provide.
gateprotect AG Germany has been a leading, globally acting provider of IT security solutions in the area of network security for more than ten years. These solutions comprise next generation firewalls with all commonly used UTM functionalities, managed security as well as VPN client systems. To minimize the risk of operator errors in highly complex security functions, gateprotect has developed the eGUI® interface concept. The patented eGUI® technology (ergonomic Graphic User Interface) and the Command Center based thereon for the configuration and administration of firewall systems for managed security service providers (MSSPs) increase the factual security in companies and allow for an efficient ongoing maintenance of the systems. Reputable companies and institutions in more than 80 countries are among the users of about 24,000 installed licenses worldwide.
Since 2010, gateprotect has been listed in the renowned “Gartner Magic Quadrant” for UTM firewall appliances. The gateprotect solutions comply with highest international standards – thus, the firewall packet filtering core of the new development has been certified according to “Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+” by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in March 2013. For the easy operability and comprehensive security of the UTM firewall solutions, gateprotect was the first German company to be honored with the Frost & Sullivan Excellence Award.