NetScreen opens offices in EMEA for hardware-based security

9 October 2002 -- NetScreen Technologies - a developer of integrated network security solutions - has established a number of new offices in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region.

9 October 2002 -- NetScreen Technologies Inc - a developer of integrated network security solutions such as virtual private network, denial of service protection, firewall and intrusion prevention - has established a number of new offices in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) region.

In addition to its regional headquarters, established two years ago in the UK, new offices have been opened in Paris (France), Nuremberg (Germany), Antwerp (Belgium), Prague (the Czech Republic), Tel Aviv (Israel) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

"With the continued demand we see in this region for hardware-based security solutions, the establishment and operation of all these local offices in EMEA is both testament to NetScreen's performance in the past 12 months and fundamental to its ongoing regional success," said CEO Robert Thomas.

The new offices include first-line, in-country sales and systems engineering representatives who work closely with NetScreen's appointed channel partners and resellers to support a wide range of customers, such as banks, service providers, government departments, universities, manufacturers, and IT vendors. The company's complete range of integrated firewall and VPN devices, which extend from the industry's first 12Gbit/s throughput solutions to appliances designed for small offices and remote users - using NetScreen's proprietary ASICs and operating system - will be supported by each new office.

NetScreen's new EMEA offices each have responsibility for supporting their respective neighbouring territories. For example, the French office handles Southern Europe comprising Italy, Spain and Portugal, and the German office handles Central Europe, comprising Switzerland and Austria. Regional marketing support is provided centrally from the UK office.

"To secure high-performance business use of the Internet and protect data from fraudulent and malicious attacks, many European customers are increasingly demanding hardware-based security solutions," said Gareth Green, managing director for EMEA. "Legacy software-based security solutions cannot scale to this demand because they are too complex to deploy and too expensive to maintain."

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