UpGuard names Nextgen as NZ distie

IT security technology company UpGuard has named Nextgen as its exclusive distributor in New Zealand

IT security technology company UpGuard has named Nextgen as its exclusive distributor in New Zealand. The move follows the company appointing ACA Pacific as its exclusive distributor in Australia and South East Asia earlier this month.

Gerry Sillars, UpGuard vice president for APAC said UpGuard had been working with a number of New Zealand-based companies since 2012, and that NextGen was “perfectly positioned to help us reach partners in the country who are starting to recognise that robust cyber risk management is a critical business function for their customer base.”

Nextgen differentiates itself from traditional IT distributors, describing itself as an IT facilitator that “brings together established and emerging technologies to provide data centre and cloud-based solutions for its channel partners through a co-marketing methodology that “spans the entire lifecycle of an opportunity.”

UpGuard started life in Australia, but is now based in Silicon Valley. It claims to give organisations visibility into their cyber risk postures by monitoring and visualising the ongoing state of complex IT environments.

According to its web site, UpGuard provides “complete visibility into the configuration of every server, network device, and cloud app you’re running.” Data on these devices is fed into its platform where, UpGuard says, “every aspect you wish to monitor of your configuration is documented, visualised, and stored.”

The company was cofounded by its current co-CEOs Mike Baukes and Alan Sharp-Paul who moved the company to Silicon Valley after securing Series A funding from Australian venture capitalist Square Peg Capital and US based Valar Ventures. In 2016 UpGuard raised $US17 million in Series B funding.

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