Security Company Expands Channel Edge Partner Program to Canada Through
Alliance with Ingram Micro
BOULDER, COLO., June 12 /CNW/ - Webroot Software, Inc., a leading
provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets,
today announced that it is expanding the distribution of Webroot(R) Spy
Sweeper(R) Enterprise and Webroot SME Security by extending its distributor
relationship with Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM) to Canada. This alliance further
demonstrates Webroot's commitment to expand the accessibility of its
award-winning solutions on a global basis to stem the rise in identity fraud,
corporate data breaches and malicious applications.
"According to the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic
(CIPPC), the average cost of identity theft per person has risen by 300
percent between 2005 and 2006. Much of this is due to the vulnerability of
customer and employee data residing on the networks of both large and small
companies. Businesses need to know that even the smallest data breach can
dramatically affect their customers and the public trust in their brand," said
Mike Irwin, COO, Webroot Software. "We are working aggressively to increase
online security in Canada through the Webroot Channel Edge Partner program and
by offering a best of breed solution to stop malware. The team at Ingram Micro
Canada is an extremely important partner in helping us deliver on this
Spyware has rapidly climbed the list of enterprise security threats and
now ranks as the second most serious threat facing corporations today,
according to IDC's annual security survey. IDC believes that 40-50 percent of
all help desk calls are currently related to spyware. This impact of spyware
can spell disaster for an already overloaded help desk in the SMB environment.
Under terms of this agreement, Ingram Micro will now distribute Webroot
Spy Sweeper Enterprise and Webroot SME Security to solution providers
throughout Canada, as well as offer marketing, training, and customer service
and support. Webroot already is available to consumers in Canada through
various retail channels.
As Canada's Internet usage and high-speed access increase, security has
become a growing priority among small and medium businesses. AMI-Partners
estimate that Canadian SMBs will invest US$429 million this year on
security-related products and services - up some 22 percent from last year.
According to Laurie McCabe, an analyst at AMI-Partners, "The growth of new
spyware variants is accelerating faster than viruses. SMBs need to deploy
security solutions to effectively protect themselves and their businesses
against both of these threats."
A 2006 survey by the Office of the Information and Privacy
Commissioner/Ontario found that almost two-thirds of Canadian businesses had
lost income, customers and productivity due to cyber-crime. Many report
cyber-crime costs them more than traditional theft or robbery.
"The sophistication of malware exploits is increasing in proportion to
the increase in reward. As the profitability of PC attacks increases, so has
the level of research and development. According to industry analysts, 5
percent of all sites host malware and will go offline very rapidly, or
increasingly hide in plain sight on well known web sites. This type of threat
requires the most advanced and automated threat detection possible," Irwin
According to Andrea Clarke-Thompson, vendor business manager, Ingram
Micro Canada, "Our partners and their customers in the U.S. have experienced
great success with Webroot Spy Sweeper Enterprise and SME Security, and we
look forward to enjoying the same success here in Canada. And, with the
growing numbers of spyware type exploits in Canada, this expansion is the next
logical step in our relationship with Webroot."
More information about Webroot's Channel Edge Partner Program can be
found at www.webroot.com/partners.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales
and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique
marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support,
financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company
serves 140 countries and is the only global IT distributor with operations in
Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com or www.ingrammicro.ca.
Webroot Software, Inc. provides industry leading security software for
consumers, enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses worldwide.
Globally recognized for its award-winning Spy Sweeper line of anti-spyware
products, Webroot recently incorporated anti-virus protection into two new
products for consumers and SMBs, respectively: Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus and
Webroot SME Security. The company also expanded into the parental controls
software market with the introduction of the Webroot Child Safe(R) solution.
The Boulder, Colorado based company is privately held and backed by some of
the industry's leading venture capital firms, including Technology Crossover
Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield. Webroot's software consistently
receives top review ratings by respected third-party media and has been
adopted by millions globally. Available as either branded solutions or on an
OEM basis, Webroot products can be found at www.webroot.com and on the shelves
of leading retailers worldwide. To find out more about Webroot, visit the
website or call 1-800-772-9383.
(C)2007 Webroot Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Webroot, Spy Sweeper,
and Child Safe are registered trademarks or trademarks of Webroot Software,
Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
For further information:
For further information: Webroot Software, Inc. Robert Berger,
303-442-3813 x 153 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ingram Micro Canada Dina Vieira,
905-755-5000 ext. 55261 email@example.com or 104 Degrees West
Partners Matt Otepka, 206-855-7826 firstname.lastname@example.org