Forner SurfControl chief joins Websense as ANZ manager

Has more than 15 years experience in IT industry

Former SurfControl general manager, Phil Vasic, has been appointed ANZ country manager for Websense.

The new role, based in Sydney, makes Vasic responsible for spearheading sales and solutions initiatives that drive customer success in the ANZ market.

Vasic joins Websense with more than 15 years' experience in the IT industry. He held the senior role at SurfControl until it was acquired by Websense.

During his two years at SurfControl, Vasic managed key enterprise sales accounts, strengthened the company's local management team and enhanced the company's channel network.

Prior to joining SurfControl in 2005, Vasic held senior sales and account management positions at Axient and Hewlett Packard.

During this time, he also served as Asia Pacific channel manager and managed services manager at Hewlett Packard.

Websense APAC vice president, Timothy Lee, said Vasic has an established track record leading security solution sales and channel operations.

"His energy and drive will underpin our go-to-market strategy as we continue to deliver market-leading intelligent content protection solutions to our customers," Lee said.

"Websense now has a major presence in Australia and New Zealand, including sales, customer support and administration. The Sydney office also includes a dedicated team of Internet threat analysts and product development engineers.

"Our range of leading content protection solutions in Web security, messaging security and data security, are a perfect match to meet the specific requirements of Australian and New Zealand organisations."

Commenting on his appointment Vasic said he looks forward to working with an exceptional team in driving success for a powerful set of content security solutions that intelligently protect customers from external malicious attacks and internal data loss.

"Delivered as downloadable software, on an appliance and or as an on-demand hosted service, our market opportunity is compelling," he said.

Analyst firm IDC, recently named Websense the global leader of the Web security market with 21 per cent share of the US$1.2 billion dollar market.

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