Network security distie Netpoleon launches in Australia

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Network security distie Netpoleon launches in Australia

Singapore-headquartered network security distributor Netpoleon has officially launched in Australia and New Zealand.

The new venture will be led by distribution veteran Paul Lim, who previously worked at M. Tech Australia as its ANZ regional manager until early 2019.

Netpoleon's launch vendors include Vectra AI, SilverFort, Radware, Indegy and Forcepoint. More are expected to come in by Q1 2020.

Netpoleon Group chief operating officer Max Foo said Lim “plays an important part” in the expansion of Netpoleon in ANZ.

“In his previous tenure [in M. Tech Australia], he successfully expanded the security distribution landscape across Asia Pacific, most recently very successfully in ANZ,” Foo said.

Joining Lim to run the company are Ben Minski and Bill Gatsios, who also came from M. Tech.

Max Foo (Netpoleon), Ben Minski (Netpoleon), Jun Ikeda (Macnica Networks), Daijiro Mano (Macnica Networks), Bill Gatsios (Netpoleon), Paul Lim (Netpoleon), Yoshihide (Macnica Networks)

Founded in 2000, Netpoleon operates across Southeast Asia and India.

The company was acquired by Japanese network distributor Macnica Networks in 2017, kickstarting Netpoleon’s expansion plans beyond Southeast Asia, including the new ANZ expansion plan.

Netpoleon says it stands apart from other disties by bringing in best practices and principles from both Macnica and Netpoleon Singapore, including a higher technical staff ratio, technical enablement of partners and an internship program for aspiring security practitioners.

In a prepared Netpoleon statement, vendor partners Radware and Vectra AI welcomed the launch of the distie into ANZ.

“We are making a strong commitment to growing the Australia business and are excited to be partnering with Netpoleon,” Radware APJ vice president Stree Naidu said.

“Together we will be at the forefront of DDoS and cloud security technology/service advances so that our customers can be at the forefront of their industry.”

Vectra AI head of partner sales Dee Clinton said, “As we continue our growth in the APAC region to support the demand, we needed a distributor that combines great experience doing business throughout the region, deep domain expertise in cybersecurity, and one that we knew would work collaboratively with our specialist channel partners.”

“With Netpoleon we think we’re three for three,” she added.

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