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Fortinet Grows Australian Presence with New Melbourne Team

  • 27 November, 2007 15:46

<p>Fortinet® – the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions – today announced a further expansion of its Australian presence and the appointment of a manager for the Melbourne team.</p>
<p>Fortinet has rapidly grown their Australian operations in 2007. As part of the expansion, Andrew Dunkin has been appointed as Southern Region sales manager. Mr. Dunkin will be responsible for both business development and managing the daily operations of the Southern Region territory, which includes Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.</p>
<p>Mr. Dunkin will assist Fortinet’s regional channel partners to grow their businesses by offering unified threat management solutions and managed security services. Mr. Dunkin has more than 16 years of IT industry experience and joins Fortinet from Trend Micro, where he was major account manager for the Southern Region.</p>
<p>In addition, Karl Vogel has been appointed as Southern Region sales engineer. Mr. Vogel will be responsible for providing security advice to clients, as well as assisting Fortinet’s channel partners in the region. With 12 years of IT industry experience, Mr. Vogel previously worked for Commander as a solutions consultant, and Independent Media Distribution as their security and network manager.
Charles Cote, country manager for Fortinet Australia and New Zealand commented, “To meet the strong demand for our unified threat management solutions, we are rapidly expanding our presence in Australia. Andrew has a deep understanding of the security industry, and we believe he will be able to continue our rapid growth in Victoria and Western Australia. Our new southern region team will also be actively supporting and recruiting channel partners in Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania.”</p>
<p>The FortiPartner Reseller Program aims to provide resellers with effective sales and marketing programs, tools, training and support services needed to ensure their business success. The FortiPartner Reseller Program is tiered into Platinum, Gold and Silver levels. The program delivers value to partner members by rewarding them for their commitment with a number of incentives for engaging with Fortinet on joint business opportunities. FortiPartner Reseller Program members also enjoy discounts on Fortinet products, direct access to Fortinet's sales and marketing support, technical certification and sales training, among other key benefits. Annual revenue, the number of certified sales and technology professionals, and lead generation events, among others, are criteria to determine which tier a reseller best belongs.</p>
<p>About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection--including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs: (Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec, SSL, Network IPS, and Anti-Spyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.
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Fortinet is a registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer, FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient, and FortiReporter are trademarks of the Fortinet, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Media Contact:
Sebastian Rice,
02 9959 1991,
seb@silverspan.com,
www.silverspan.com</p>

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