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CIMCO Communications Inc. has added another service to its SecureBiz line. The new Remote Vulnerability Assessment, available through authorized agents, shows companies the security exposure of their computer networks. The SecureBiz Remote Vulnerability Assessment probes a company’s Internet-facing hardware and services much like a hacker would, CIMCO says. The results are prioritized by severity and presented to the customer with remediation recommendations.

New York-based Pangean Technologies, a developer of VoIP technologies for enterprises, has kicked off its channel partner program. The two-year-old company is helping resellers, VARs, systems integrators and consulting firms expand their portfolios with Pangean’s flagship product, insta-REACT! insta-REACT! is a software program that brings together presence, instant message, multiparty audio conference, push-to-talk and recording into one interface. Pangean sells instareact on a PC that uses the client’s existing network. The company says its partner program offers sales, product and technical training, pre- and post-sale technical support, joint sales calls, lead distribution and priority customer support service.

The Comstor division of value-added distributor Westcon Group Inc. has started a program called Layered Security Optimized, intended to help VARs who sell network security products and services. The program was created with the help of Cisco Systems Inc. By participating, resellers also have access to tools including Comstor’s security sales guide, “Selling to the Business Decision Maker,” Cisco’s “Security Policy Builder” and the Layered Security Optimized checklist/network assessment. Comstor plans to announce special product promotions on an ongoing basis. Layered Security Optimized builds on the Layered Security training series Comstor started two years ago with Cisco’s help.

InstaDial Technologies’ subsidiary, InstaTelecom Inc., has launched the InstaTalk Reseller program, which lets authorized partners resell InstaTalk North American and InstaTalk Global products without making a capital investment in equipment. InstaTalk North America, a VoIP service, provides unlimited calls in North America - except for Alaska and Hawaii - for $34.95 monthly. InstaTalk Global retails for $44.95 per month and provides unlimited calling to Canada and the United States and 21 other countries. Resellers also can private-label InstaTalk products, and InstaTelecom will help with Web site development and order processing. InstaTelecom typically partners with ISPs, computer VARs and retail stores, Web and ecommerce developers, and a variety of telecommunications providers.

Technology developer Intermec Technologies Corp. has named Agentek Inc. its 2004 North American Partner of the Year. Agentek, a Georgia-based wireless reseller, is one of only three companies worldwide to earn the award, according to Intermec. The recognition is given annually to three companies - one in North America, one in Latin America and one in Europe. Among the reasons Intermec said it chose Agentek is because of its development of wireless technology, and its work in helping Intermec win several new accounts including Maytag Corp. and Ferrellgas Partners LP, a retail propane marketer.

Agentek Inc.
CIMCO Communications Inc.
InstaDial Technologies
InstaTelecom Inc.
Intermec Technologies Corp.
Pangean Technologies
Pingtel Corp.
Westcon Group Inc.

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