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Independent research findings from Bell Micro identifies concerning trend and market opportunity for IT security resellers

Chessington, Surrey, UK – 17th June 2008 – The security division of value-added distributor Bell Micro today announced findings from a new independent research report which suggests that UK businesses are still failing to address the protection of data assets on the network from staff abuse, misuse or direct theft.

Nearly half (47%) of the respondents questioned at InfoSecurity Europe 2008 believed their companies were yet to implement real time systems that would inform IT departments if security levels were breached.

Most respondents in IT based roles (74%) recognise, and work to protect, against the danger of rogue connections such as customer or contractor laptops yet almost half (43%) were failing to enforce a policy of encrypting data on portable devices - such as personal laptops, PDAs and removable media. Worse still, 62% of respondents indicated that IT departments would be unable to detect if an employee copied data off a server onto a PC, laptop, USB stick or a disk.

“What these findings show is that there is still a paramount need to increase attention to data management and protection in an organisation,” said Steve Browell, General Manager, of the Security Division at Bell Micro. “How data is encrypted, moved and stored must move up the business agenda, otherwise we are just leaving the gates wide open for the horse to bolt. The tools are already available but vendors, distributors and resellers alike must come together to deliver better education to customers and create a total service that can deliver true data loss prevention.”

While security remains a key investment for UK businesses, this latest research suggests that critical network security services are either yet to be broadly adopted or have been purchased but incorrectly implemented. Bell Micro is committed to driving channel awareness and providing technical and marketing support for security resellers wishing to address the apparent disconnect relating to securing and controlling data within the network.

“Bell Micro believes this research highlights a prime opportunity for resellers to offer corporate security health checks and deliver new revenue streams in the security market,” concluded Browell.

Notes for Editors
The research was carried out by Dynamic Markets (www.dynamicmarkets.co.uk) on behalf of Bell Micro at Infosecurity Europe 2008. Among the 94 interviewees, 88% are IT professionals.

Steve Browell is a veteran of the security industry, previously holding the Executive General Manager role at Vistorm for nine years, where he was responsible for the vendor portfolio, identifying services opportunities and delivering sales and marketing initiatives that drove consistent growth.

Bell Micro enjoyed growth in excess of 20% in 2007 and is seeking to make further investments in its security business in 2008 to enhance a growing reputation as a security specialist throughout Europe.

About Bell Micro
Bell Micro is a global, specialist distributor of a wide range of high-tech products, solutions and services, including storage systems, servers, security, software, computer components and peripherals, as well as integration, maintenance and professional services. An industry-recognized specialist in storage products, this Fortune 1000 company is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors with revenues of over €2bn in Europe and $4bn world-wide.

Bell Micro is uniquely qualified with deep technical and application expertise to service a broad range of information technology needs. From design to deployment, its products and services are available at any level of integration, from components to sub-system assemblies and fully-integrated, tested and certified system solutions all designed to enhance its’ partners. Bell Micro operates through three channels to market – industrial, commercial and enterprise – each of which offers a wide range of services and products from major IT vendors.

Bell Micro is the trading brand for Bell Microproducts Inc. More information can be found in the company's SEC filings or by visiting the Bell Micro web site at www.bellmicro.eu.

For further details please contact:
Clare Shephard or Gary Marshall
MJ Communications
Tel. 07736 793332/ 077 3322 4654
Email Clare.Shephard@maillot-jaune.co.uk / gary.marshall@maillot-jaune.co.uk

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