Interview with Dave Wreski, Founder and CEO of Guardian Digital
by Mirko Zorz - Wednesday, 21 May 2003.
Introduce Guardian Digital. When was the company started? How did it evolve?

Guardian Digital was started in early 1999 as an Internet security and services company. In our early days we focused on finding out what kind of problems companies were having with regards to security, and addressing them using existing products with our own modifications to address their specific requirements.

Many of our customers were very small businesses with very tight budgets and no existing IT staff. They were concerned about people reading their email, defacing their web sites, falling victim to the same types of attacks that took down Yahoo! and Amazon.

Very early on we received a call from one of our colleages at a customer's location implementing a Windows server for their public Web services. Trouble is that they did not take the necessary precautions to protect from the security vulnerabilities at the time, and the server was hacked thirty minutes after it was installed. The consultant for this company informed the customer, and they both chose to immediately bring in Guardian Digital for a more stable and resilient solution.

Learning through this experience and others, we built solutions to address these problems into our own products, thanks much in part to the merits of open source.

Today we remain committed to solving business problems using open source with specific regards to security and ease of management. The Internet is evolving rapidly, and new methods to manage security risks must evolve equally as rapidly.

The security improvements in our products reduces risk to not only cracker attacks, but also to financial risk, business downtime, and provides assurance that their customer's data will remain in tact.

The ease of management reduces support costs, provides a consistent configuration every time, and enables businesses with limited staff and experience with security and Linux to manage their Internet presence.

What challenges do you face in the marketplace? What do you see as your advantages?

The current economic and political instability has presented a challenge, but already since the three or so weeks after the war with Iraq, we're seeing an increase in business spending.

Guardian Digital is investing heavily in reaching new markets. Since the latest release of EnGarde and Secure Mail Suite, Guardian Digital's products have entered larger enterprise markets previously dominated by a few key industry players. We have partnerships with several key industry companies that have eased this process of expansion, and expect several new partnerships soon will continue to assist with our expansion.

Our advantages include leveraging the benefits of open source technologies. This enables us to deliver products that are inherently more secure, faster to develop, less expensive, and better able to meet the requirements of a specific customer.

What products does Guardian Digital offer?

Based on Guardian Digital's operating system platform, EnGarde, the company provides enterprises with the software and services necessary for secure computing on the Internet. This includes products and services that provide secure Internet connectivity, user privacy, Web and email functions, and intrusion detection.

How much success have you had with EnGarde Secure Linux?

EnGarde has been immensely successful for us. Customers recognize the requirement to be secure on the Internet today, and now more than ever don't have the time and resources necessary to configure an off-the-shelf version of Linux, maintain it on a regular basis, and ensure that it's always protecting their online information assets.

What are the main benefits in using EnGarde Secure Linux to create your online presence?


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