DeviceLock and ATHENA Global Services Announce Strategic Distribution Partnership in France
Paris, France – January 28, 2009 – DeviceLock, Inc., a worldwide leader in endpoint device control and context-aware data leak prevention software solutions, has announced today a distribution agreement with ATHENA Global Services, a leading French company specializing in the distribution of security software and providing foreign companies efficient access to the French IT market.
Under the agreement ATHENA will distribute, market and support DeviceLock endpoint security software products throughout France. As a strategic member of the global DeviceLock channel partner community, ATHENA will receive significant partner benefits including access to the DeviceLock partner web-portal, product trainings, dedicated sales assistance, and comprehensive technical support. In addition, the companies will implement joint marketing programs in France.
“We are excited to have ATHENA Global Services – a company with unique expertise and a high level of dedication to promoting and selling foreign IT security software in France – as our authorized distributor and strategic partner in this rapidly developing part of the European IT landscape,” said Ashot Oganesyan, DeviceLock CTO and Founder. “We are looking forward to becoming a valuable partner to ATHENA and together significantly expanding DeviceLock’s presence and performance in the French market.”
ATHENA is first and foremost a results-oriented sales and distribution organization with contacts and strong relationships with distributors, resellers, retailers, system integrators and large accounts. DeviceLock will benefit from its strong local distribution channels and its expertise in creating awareness and demand in France. Athena Global Services offers companies the opportunity to have a strong French local sales and marketing arm on a “pay-as-you-go” basis with no upfront investment. Athena Global Services´ comprehensive approach to the French marketplaceincluding sales, marketing and operations services provides a solid platform upon which foreign vendors can build their international businesses.
“Our partnership with DeviceLock will allow ATHENA to offer to our customers and sales channel in France a leading endpoint device control and context-aware DLP software solution that has been reliably protecting millions of computers in security-sensitive organisations around the globe,” said Thierry Cossavella, Founder and General Manager of ATHENA Global Services. “DeviceLock perfectly complements the other information security products in our portfolio and enables us to offer our customers an extra layer of security for their endpoints. Through our joint efforts in France, this partnership will increase revenues and bring additional business to our companies.”
DeviceLock-based software solutions proactively protect organisations of all sizes across all sectors against data leakage and prevent the infiltration of corporate network by malware through local ports of employees’ computers. It significantly reduces business risks resulting from insider negligence, errors or malicious actions. DeviceLock software is designed for Microsoft Windows operating systems and features comprehensive central management that is natively integrated with Microsoft Active Directory®. It enables users to precisely control, log, shadow-copy and audit end-user access to ports and peripheral devices, including local, network and virtual printers, as well as Windows Mobile® and Palm® OS based personal mobile devices, of any type of computer. DeviceLock also integrates with leading encryption products from PGP, Lexar, and TrueCrypt, in order to protect data on removable storage devices. In addition, DeviceLock blocks operations of USB and PS/2 hardware keyloggers.
About DeviceLock, Inc.
Since its inception in 1996 as SmartLine Inc, DeviceLock, Inc. has been providing well-integrated and cost-effective endpoint security solutions. With more than three million computers installed in over 55,000 organizations worldwide, DeviceLock has a vast range of enterprise customers that include financial institutions, state and federal government agencies, classified military networks, telecommunications companies, and educational institutions. DeviceLock has international offices in California (U.S.), London (U.K.), Ratingen (Germany), Moscow (Russia) and Milan (Italy).
About ATHENA Global Services
Established in 1997, ATHENA Global Services is an independent French company specializing in the distribution of security software. Through a large distribution network of VARs, local retailers, corporate resellers and the most successful and experienced retail software distributors, ATHENA Global Services helps private individuals and corporate enterprises choose the right software and hardware solutions to protect and manage their entire computing environments – both systems and data: antivirus, firewall, IDS, encryption, authentication, backup, data protection and migration and network management. In addition to a specialization in IT security solutions, ATHENA Global Services offers expertise in a wide range of utility software solutions which protect and optimize installed bases. Through this expertise, ATHENA Global Services has close relationships with software publishers around the world to offer its customers the precise solution to their computing challenges.