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With the spotlight currently on the security world as a result of the move by McAfee to start life post Intel some other firms are keen to remind the channel of the role they can play to fill in some of the gaps.
Intermedia, which was a partner with McAfee, worked with the vendor in the past on the provision of cloud-based email security.
When McAfee announced it was stepping out of that market it gave a chance for others, including Intermedia, to consider providing alternatives.
“Leveraging 13 years of experience in the email security business, we invested heavily in our R&D team and third-party technologies," said Michael Gold, CEO of Intermedia.
The firm is now reporting that the decision to go it alone has paid off with half a million McAfee users now using its email protection offering.
Gold said that the SME customer base were looking to use technology that combined antivirus and email security and was easy to manage.
"This high level of integration gives partners greater levels of control and protection over their core services offering, while letting them sell Intermedia Email Protection under their own brand,” he added.
Back in October 2015 McAfee, then owned by Intel Security, announced that it was going to stop its McAfee SaaS Email Protection and Archiving products. That meant the email archiving, encryption and continuity products were wound down.
The decision was part of moves by McAfee to focus on the endpoint and deliver greater protection at that potential point of weakness.
Earlier this week McAfee said that its move to become a standalone company would give it greater flexibility and as a result would help it innovate and drive opportunities for partners.