SOURCE: Fortress Technologies, Inc.

June 06, 2007 08:30 ET

Fortress Technologies Launches Certified Partner Program for Government, Commercial Markets

Organization Inks Agreements With CDW-G, Four Points Technology, Nortel Government Solutions and PacStar

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - Fortress Technologies, a leading provider of security and secure wireless solutions, today announced that it is launching a Certified Partner Program for both the government and commercial sectors. As part of the program, Fortress is partnering with best-of-breed providers of innovative security and secure wireless products as well as top-tier value added resellers, to deliver complete and reliable solutions to its customer base. To date, CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), Four Points Technology, Nortel Government Solutions and PacStar have signed on as participants in the partner program.

"Fortress has one of the most secure and reliable solutions available for mission-critical wireless communications," said Bob Dunn, President, Product Solutions, Nortel Government Solutions. "They work closely with us to integrate their solutions smoothly and seamlessly into our complete network offerings designed to improve network productivity, reduce operating costs and streamline inter-agency communications."

Organizations interested in participating in the Fortress Certified Partner Program must complete a comprehensive sales and technical training course that certifies a company's staff to sell Fortress' product suite. Included in the program are the Fortress ES520 Secure Wireless Access Bridge, FC-X Security Controller, Secure Client and Secure Client Bridge product suites. In order to be considered for the program, potential partners must provide complementary value to one or more of Fortress' security or secure wireless offerings.

"Fortress technology is certified by both the Defense Information Systems Agency Joint Interoperability Test Command and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, providing critical assurance of data and application security to our Department of Defense customers," said Ben Bourbon, Director of Department of Defense Sales for CDW-G. "The Fortress partner program offers CDW-G the tools to seamlessly incorporate certified security and secure wireless products into the industry-leading solutions we offer."

The Fortress Certified Partner Program offers three functional levels, including:

--  Authorized - regionally focused on small and mid-sized customers; must
    demonstrate some level of account sales
--  Premier - broader geographic reach with a focus on larger-sized
    customers; account sales in excess of $500K per year
--  Elite - nationally focused on large customers; greater than $1M in
    account sales; must maintain designated Fortress champion on staff
    
"We have been successfully working with Fortress in the government space for years," said Jeff Sinclair, Vice President of Sales, PacStar. "The establishment of the Fortress Certified Partner Program provides us with additional Marketing Development Funds, Deal Registration capabilities and access to the Partner Portal so we can remain up to date on product specifications, documentation, promotions, new developments, etc. It is clearly a win-win for both organizations."

"Fortress is committed to providing our current and future customers with a flexible, single security solution regardless of installed network infrastructure, as well as the most innovative wireless capabilities available on the market today," said Kevin Curran, Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Fortress. "The partner program allows us to work with some of the premiere companies in the field to deliver a solution that is second to none. We thank our four initial program participants and look forward to working with each of them on future implementations."

About Fortress Technologies

Fortress Technologies designs, develops and manufactures market leading security and secure wireless solutions for mission critical communications. Rigorously tested and proven, Fortress products provide government and commercial customers a flexible, single security solution regardless of network infrastructure as well as industry leading secure wireless products. Fortress' FIPS validated solutions work across fixed, portable and mobile environments -- from the tactical edge to municipal networks. Fortress enables immediate "on demand" secure voice, video and data communications virtually anywhere and across all wireless transports including Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMAX (802.16), free space optics (FSO), Military RF and satellite. Fortress products are currently deployed in some of the world's most demanding environments, supporting vital operations that range from maintaining a forward presence to border protection to emergency response.

For more information, visit www.fortresstech.com or call 813-288-7388.

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