Kiwi network and payments security company Mako Networks has extended its footprint into three Asian markets.
It has signed agreements with Strateq of Malaysia, AMTI and 3D Networks of the Philippines, and IT Consulting & Services of Singapore to distribute its network management and security solutions. They include a range of network appliances and a cloud-based Central Management System for connection, protection, control and reporting of internet-related activity.
Mako has a patented communications method, which gained it full accreditation for its Level 1 Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the highest security clearance attainable for protecting credit card data.
The system is able to securely migrate critical business data, including payment transactions, on to public broadband.
“Our initial market research showed us that the Asian market was particularly underserved when it came to affordable network security and connectivity,” says Mako CEO Bill Farmer. “Thanks to a concerted effort and the support of NZTE, we are making substantial headway in a market keen for the functionality and security our solutions provide.
“Our distribution channel now circles the globe, with established partners in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.”
He says the company has an installed base of nearly 10,000 in the UK and US.
Mako’s network applicances are managed and configured through its Central Management System, which is accessible through a web browser. There are multiple nodes around the world and, Farmer says, there are plans to establish nodes also in Malaysia and South Africa.
Mako Networks was established in 2000 as a firewall provider to Xtra customers. It developed a virtual private network for the health sector to connect to the Ministry of Health, and launched into the payments security market four years ago. The company employs around 60 staff worldwide.