November 01, 2005 07:59 ET

SurfControl Signs Specialty Distributor Agreement With Alternative Technology; SurfControl Continues To Demonstrate Company's Strategic Focus On Supporting Global Channel Partners

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Nov 1, 2005) -

SurfControl (LSE:SRF), a world leader in enterprise threat protection, today announced that it has signed a value-added distribution agreement with Alternative Technology Inc., a leading distributor of security products and thin client/server-based computing solutions. Alternative Technology will distribute SurfControl's Enterprise Protection Suite to its network of resellers in the USA and Canada.

SurfControl's Enterprise Protection Suite extends Alternative Technology's current portfolio of security solutions with a unified threat management solution that stops blended threats by protecting multiple attack vulnerability points -- Web, email, instant messaging and peer-to-peer -- across all network, remote office and mobile desktops. SurfControl's Adaptive Threat Intelligence™ (ATI) Service enables Alternative Technology to provide resellers and their customers with proactive and automatic threat detection. The SurfControl ATI Service combines 24/7 research and analysis from the company's global team of threat detection experts, with advanced AI technologies and the world's most comprehensive threat databases.

"Alternative Technology selected SurfControl because the company's unique product suite brings a strong and proven Internet Security solution to Alternative Technology's portfolio, adding strength to Alternative's existing presence in the security market," said Tom Zorn, executive vice president at Alternative Technology. "Resellers will benefit from building a relationship with Alternative for SurfControl products in pricing, support and training. Resellers who offer Citrix will benefit from seeking Alternative for SurfControl solutions that support Citrix."

SurfControl provides Alternative Technology resellers and their enterprise customers with numerous market firsts. SurfControl's new Enterprise Protection License provides enterprises purchasing any single product -- SurfControl Web Filter, E-Mail Filter or Enterprise Threat Shield -- with licenses to all three solutions. This helps resellers drive more subscription revenue, replace installed competitive solutions, and sell to multiple departments within client companies. Another market first, SurfControl Web Filter optimized for Citrix Presentation Server™ reduces the cost and management requirements for providing continuous blended threat protection to organizations using a Citrix Systems environment. SurfControl Mobile Filter™, with more than a year head start on competitive offerings, is the only customer-proven Web filter solution that provides centrally-managed protection to mobile and branch office users regardless of how users connect to the Internet -- via wireless hot-spot, broadband connection, VPN or dial-up.

"Our channel partners have to compete in a market with dozens of vendors claiming to solve today's complex security challenges. SurfControl has succeeded in helping partners build their businesses by delivering Internet security solutions that make it easier for enterprises to address today's security challenges, with an eye towards the threats on the horizon," said Jim Murphy, vice president of product marketing at SurfControl. "SurfControl's selection of Alternative Technology is part of our 100 percent commitment to supporting SurfControl resellers. Alternative Technology's market presence with Citrix resellers, and strong product portfolio, will help our resellers meet their customer's total Internet security needs more effectively, more efficiently and more profitably."

About Alternative Technology

Alternative Technology is the leading specialty distributor for Value Added Resellers who need products and services targeted at Thin-client/Server-based Computing, Edge Infrastructure, Security, and Wireless markets. Driving the widespread adoption of leading-edge technologies by bridging the gaps between products and services to solve critical business problems, Alternative identifies business issues that are key to our markets and offers multi-vendor solutions that drive demand back through our reseller partners. Alternative Technology, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, has offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Carlsbad, California; and Mississauga, Canada. For more information, go to:; e-mail:; or call toll-free: 800-544-7674 (USA), or 866-240-9991 (Canada).

About SurfControl

SurfControl plc (LSE:SRF) is a world-leading Internet Security company delivering multiple layers of threat protection to shield organizations against complex blended threats. SurfControl's Enterprise Protection Suite has redefined traditional "filtering" by offering a unified threat management solution that eliminates spam, spyware and phishing attacks, as well as Web and e-mail abuse. The SurfControl Adaptive Threat Intelligence™ Service provides continuous and proactive threat detection and protection from emerging threats, known blended threats, and customer-specific threats. Customers avoid significant business downtime that impacts productivity and the bottom line, while limiting legal liability and enforcing regulatory compliance and confidentiality. SurfControl has 14 offices worldwide serving more than 20,000 enterprise customers. For further information and news on SurfControl, visit

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