Auckland tech company Mako Networks has won Security Innovation of the Year at the 2012 UK Digital Entrepreneur Awards.
Mako Networks was originally founded as YellowTuna Networks in 2000 by Chris Massam and Simon Gamble (pictured along with chief executive Bill Farmer) when the two former Xtra employees saw an opportunity to provide managed firewalls to small businesses. It was later decided a more aggressive name was needed and management settled on the mako shark.
Mako employs more than 60 staff and has offices in Auckland, London and San Francisco and is expanding further overseas with a particular focus on the US.
"Winning Security Innovation of the Year at the Digital Entrepreneur Awards has validated the years of effort our R&D team has put into building a world-class compliance and security solution. To have received it for work on an international deployment has made it even more meaningful, and provided further evidence of the global capabilities of our system,” Farmer said.
Mako provides cloud-based network security technology for businesses, including a system to protect businesses that process card transactions online.
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